rarely/seldom ever

idiom

: almost never : rarely
We seldom ever dine out these days.
She rarely ever drinks wine.

Note: Some people regard rarely ever and seldom ever as incorrect, but these phrases are common in speech and in informal writing.

Examples of rarely/seldom ever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the characters and locations aren’t new, they are altered and placed into narratives that take inspiration from the source material but rarely ever directly adapt it, allowing fans and general audiences to both experience novelty. Richard Newby, TIME, 12 Apr. 2024 As the contest in Milwaukee reminded everyone, that will rarely ever occur. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 9 Feb. 2024 Of course, the truth is rarely ever that polarizing. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 26 Jan. 2024 The hyper-personal revelations and confessions embedded in these films were rarely ever divulged for the mere sake of sharing or crafting a false sense of proximity. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 27 Nov. 2023 Find it on Amazon ThisWorx Car Vacuum Cleaner Hauling a full-size vacuum cleaner out to your car is rarely ever convenient, so why not keep this car-sized version inside your trunk? Rebecca Martinson, Rolling Stone, 7 Nov. 2023 Ancient wooden artifacts are rarely ever found as the organic material commonly breaks down, leaving nothing behind to place in the fossil record. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 25 Sep. 2023 Swifties have rarely ever spared Taylor Swift‘s boyfriends from a solid Comedy Central-level roast. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 1 Nov. 2023 The program will last until Sunday, and there’s a lot of great folks from all over the continent to meet, which rarely ever happens. C.j. Obasi, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2023

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“Rarely/seldom ever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rarely%2Fseldom%20ever. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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