Definition of hardly ever in English:

hardly ever


  • Very rarely.

    ‘we hardly ever see them’
    • ‘Even where there are suspects who are charged, cases hardly ever get concluded.’
    • ‘That is probably why police reports are always lacking and the officers hardly ever show up at court.’
    • ‘Look at tennis, where in any week there are as many as four or five events and the star names hardly ever compete against each other.’
    • ‘Dover Samuels is history, as are a bunch of Labour Maori MPs I have hardly ever heard of.’
    • ‘The secret ballot has remained the envy of the world and the integrity of election results hardly ever questioned.’
    • ‘In fact, they hardly ever come to buy anything from my shop and even if they do I refuse to sell anything to them.’
    • ‘We can hold our liquor and hardly ever shoot each other unless it's important.’
    • ‘Children I know spend more time playing on computers and hardly ever read books.’
    • ‘I was surprised, but he has always been fit and is hardly ever injured.’
    • ‘The children are hardly ever picked up by the staff, or played with and many, including Ludmylla, were ill.’
    rarely, infrequently, on rare occasions, hardly ever, scarcely ever, hardly, scarcely, almost never, once in a while, every once in a while, only now and then, not often, only occasionally, sporadically
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