Also, rarely ever, scarcely ever. Very seldom, almost never, as in This kind of thief is hardly ever caught, or He rarely ever brings up his wartime experiences. The ever in these expressions, first recorded in 1694, serves as an intensifier.
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The gunman hardly broke stride as he nonetheless shot Merabet in the head, killing him.
This is especially striking, though hardly surprising, in the case of Priebus, Mr. Outreach.
But locals there say any money deposited is thrown into an unlocked cupboard behind the tellers, hardly inspiring confidence.
And yet we keep devouring the ever-increasing array of Jewish dating apps and sites and Facebook groups--why?
I was already over forty, had hardly a nickel in my pocket and this was the biggest break in my life.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Here is a chair, Monsieur Arden; but you can hardly see it until your eyes have grown a little accustomed to our crpuscula.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The doors (Indian bungalows have hardly any windows, each door being half glass) were open front and back.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
You see, I am the city undertaker, and the people are dying here so fast, that I can hardly supply the demand for coffins.
"A camp-fire would hardly flash and die out like that, Sarge," he answered thoughtfully.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
A long stretch of smooth ice followed, over which he glided with ever-increasing speed.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne