One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘we hardly know each other’
scarcely, barely, only just, not much, faintly, narrowly, slightly, rarely, little
by a very small margin, by the narrowest of margins, by the skin of one's teeth, by a hair's breadth, by a nose
almost not, not quite
informal by a whisker
2‘she could hardly sit up straight’
only with difficulty, barely, scarcely, only with effort, only just, almost not
British informal at a push
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