rarely/seldom if ever

idiom

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

Such radical opinions have rarely, if ever, been heard here before.
She rarely if ever sings anymore.

Examples of rarely/seldom if ever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Farrar noted that the average person may use these features rarely if ever. Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2024 Wood-recycling insects like these are great to have around and rarely if ever pose a risk to healthy plants. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 25 May 2023 Or, at least, it has been transformed into a reasonable facsimile of one, with the audience on the floor standing, shifting and swaying, and occasionally even dancing, in an immersive experience the likes of which Broadway has rarely if ever seen. Chris Willman, Variety, 25 July 2023 The reality, however, is that NBA teams rarely if ever lose their best player and improve the following season. Afentres, oregonlive, 10 July 2023 Over time, the chimps gradually evolved a catalogue of strange behaviors — ones rarely if ever seen in others. Jeff Goodell, Time, 6 July 2023 In both cases, the vote is just the first step on a path that rarely if ever ends in an actual work stoppage. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 12 May 2023 Molding a roster with nine newcomers is quite the challenge and something rarely if ever seen at Butler. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Apr. 2023 On the flip side: Kittle, a ferocious blocker who has rarely if ever avoided an open-field collision, will turn 30 in October and has missed 13 games over the past three seasons because of injuries to his knee, foot, calf and groin. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Apr. 2023 See More

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

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