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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HARDLY

You've been so devoted to her for three days that you've hardly bowed to old friends.

Hope asked no questions, and hardly felt the impulse to inquire what had happened.

She hardly looked up or spoke; but for me, I cared for nothing since she was with me.

I can hardly think that Parliament will adopt a different view.

It can hardly be to-day, however, for here we are at Harlowe House.

It was hardly fair that she should have so much and Emma so little.

The inside of the church was then burnt, and hardly one escaped.

Then, hardly looking at his target, he snapped his rifle back to his shoulder and fired.

It was easily explained, since there was hardly room for five men in the first room.

They were a small meager pair, with hardly a smile between them.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "in a hard manner, with great exertion or effort," from Old English heardlic "stern, severe, harsh; bold, warlike" (see hard + -ly (2)). Hence "assuredly, certainly" (early 14c.). Main modern sense of "barely, just" (1540s) reverses this, via the intermediate meaning "not easily, with trouble" (early 15c.). Formerly with superficial negative (not hardly).

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