Definition of hardly ever in English:

hardly ever


  • Very rarely.

    ‘we hardly ever see them’
    • ‘Children I know spend more time playing on computers and hardly ever read books.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The children are hardly ever picked up by the staff, or played with and many, including Ludmylla, were ill.’
    • ‘In fact, they hardly ever come to buy anything from my shop and even if they do I refuse to sell anything to them.’
    • ‘Even where there are suspects who are charged, cases hardly ever get concluded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We can hold our liquor and hardly ever shoot each other unless it's important.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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