One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the fare is less than £1’
a smaller amount
not so much as, not as much as, under, below
informal shy of
1‘there was less noise now in the town’
not so much, not so great, smaller, slighter, shorter, reduced
1‘we must consider the alternatives available so we can use the car less’
to a lesser degree, to a smaller extent, not so much, not as much
rarely, barely, little, not much
1‘normally the buyer purchases at list price less 10 per cent’
minus, subtracting, excepting, without, lacking
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