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He hardly spoke except to say hello.
Alice was so busy she hardly noticed the days pass by.
We could hardly afford to pay the rent.
The countryside around Stowe has hardly changed at all.
There was hardly any wind, just a slight breeze.
You’ve hardly eaten anything.
Hardly anyone believed the fugitives’ story.
It hardly ever rains here in the summer.
The region’s wine industry is hardly more than 40 years old.
London is hardly an hour by train.
She had hardly arrived when she started talking about leaving again.
Hardly had the men started training than they were sent into battle.
It’s hardly surprising that people are starting to complain.
David’s almost twenty-four – hardly a child.
This is hardly the time to start discussing finances.
You can hardly expect Myra to welcome you back after the way you’ve treated her.
‘Are you hung over?’ ‘Hardly! I don’t even drink!’
This is the British English definition of hardly. View American English definition of hardly.