rarely/seldom if ever

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rarely/seldom if ever

used as a more forceful way to say "rarely" or "seldom"
  • I have seldom if ever been so embarrassed.
Note: Rarely if ever and seldom if ever can be written both with or without commas

Word by Word Definitions

rarely play
  1. : not often : seldom

  2. : with rare skill : excellently

  3. : in an extreme or exceptional manner

seldom play
  1. : in few instances : rarely, infrequently

  1. : rare, infrequent

ever play
  1. : always

  2. : at any time

  3. : in any way


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