Let alone

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Definition

(I wouldn't go out with him,) let alone marry him... : (I would not be his girlfriend,) and I certainly wouldn't marry him...
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I can't afford a bike, let alone a car!: I don't even have enough money for a bike, so I definitely don't have enough for a car!
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Examples

  • "I can't run, let alone swim in the ocean!"
  • "I could never even pretend to afford one tenth of one of your companies, let alone both!"
  • "Bruno will kill me if there is so much as a scratch on it, let alone your nerd urine."
  • "In fact, I don't even know if Bob can pronounce the word "sushi", let alone eat it."

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