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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SCARCE

Maybe he museth, but he had scarce a word to say for himself.

The Jews were the subjects of a foreign race and money was scarce.

She had left it impulsively, she admitted, scarce knowing what she did.

Scarce was there an eye but what was suffused with tears of joy.

"And so belabored as to be scarce able to crawl along it," cried a third.

We have a vantage, since we see them against the light and they can scarce see us.

There are trees and to spare over yonder, but we have scarce leisure to make for them.

"Nay, I scarce think that they would have mishandled you so," said Alleyne in surprise.

Since Mary hath played me false, I can scarce fight for her.

"So little that I scarce dare speak of it in your presence," Alleyne answered.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "restricted in quantity," from Old North French scars "scanty, scarce" (Old French eschars, Modern French échars) from Vulgar Latin *scarsus, from *escarpsus, from *excarpere "pluck out," from classical Latin excerpere "pluck out" (see excerpt). As an adverb early 14c. from the adjective. Phrase to make oneself scarce "go away" first attested 1771, noted as a current "cant phrase." Related: Scarcely.

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