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Petrichor: The smell after rainfall
. Very seldom, almost never, as in
This kind of thief is hardly ever caught
He rarely ever brings up his wartime experiences
in these expressions, first recorded in 1694, serves as an intensifier.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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