One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Used to suggest, often ironically, that something is surprising or impressive.‘Peter cooked dinner—fillet steak and champagne, no less’
- ‘So it wants a legal framework to bring about the industrialisation of drug production, no less.’
- ‘Day three took us to a site no less impressive, aptly named Mysterious Lagoon.’
- ‘Our route took us to the village of West Lilling and involved a climb to 100 feet no less.’
- ‘It felt like aeons before she said we were on, and then furnished us with VIP passes no less!’
- ‘Impending parenthood is a fertile time for dreams, no less for fathers than for mothers.’
- ‘I justify my call with reference to the philosophy of a former Warden of Wadham, no less.’
- ‘Among the many highlights of the Craft Fair will be the arrival of Santa by boat no less.’
- ‘Having scooped a major award, covered by the Times no less, neither paper has said a thing about this!’
- 1.1no less than Used to emphasize a surprisingly large amount.
at the minimum, no less than, not less thanView synonyms
- ‘A global race is under way as no less than four separate research teams compete to make archaeological history.’
- ‘During his long association with the club, Parkes performed the role on no less than six separate occasions.’
- ‘That test has been applied in this Court on no less than eight subsequent occasions.’
- ‘A decade later there were no less than four churches, as well as a public school and post office.’
- ‘After all, in their case, the plate on their car could amount to no less than one third of the price of the car.’
- ‘Another city drawing inspiration from the past is Coventry, with no less than 26 twins.’
- ‘On Easter Sunday there are no less than three helpings of jazz in York.’
- ‘If you include the doll made in his likeness, there are no less than six incarnations of Pekar in the film.’
- ‘That song was picked up by Chris Evans and played no less than three times on his radio show in one sitting.’
- ‘Within two days of the departure of Davies, Nevin had written no less than 33 names into his notepad.’
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