so much as


: even sense 1c
scowls if I so much as look at him

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The new brunette hue has not so much as an inkling of honey tones, but rather cooler shades that blend stunningly with the superstar's long layers. Marci Robin, Allure, 1 Mar. 2023 But nothing changed so much as the industry in the pandemic. Journal Sentinel, 27 Feb. 2023 So quiet was the nature of Indiana's control of the game that, by its end, the Hoosiers weren't met with hostility so much as silence. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Feb. 2023 The first season received a 38% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and failed to garner so much as a single Golden Globe nomination. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 24 Feb. 2023 The world blurs; the audio whines; Joel can’t so much as flex his fingers toward his gun. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 19 Feb. 2023 The Canadian women aren’t fighting for equal pay so much as equal treatment. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2023 Initially, scholar and educator Skye Shirley, who specializes in texts written by women in Latin, didn’t love the language so much as the mythology of ancient Rome. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Feb. 2023 Their crimes aren’t precipitated by hopelessness so much as by calamitous fate. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of so much as was in the 15th century

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“So much as.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

so much as

: even entry 3 sense 5
nobody would so much as look at you
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