Definition of hardly ever in English:

hardly ever


  • Very rarely.

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