let alone

adverb
much less (Freq. 3)
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she can't boil potatoes, let alone cook a meal

Syn: ↑not to mention

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phrasal

but does he have the boldness, let alone the skill, of his own convictions — New Republic

no provision for the health of servants, let alone for their comfort — O.S.J.Gogarty

2.
a. : to refrain from interfering with : leave undisturbed

in the spring or summer, let nests aloneBoy Scout Handbook

the government … promised to let them alone in part of the Everglades — Marjory S. Douglas

could not let well enough alone — L.O.Coxe

— often used as an imperative

let it alone; you'll break it

b. : to leave to oneself

the red-faced boy wanted nothing so much as to be let alone

her mother told her to let the frightened kitten alone

3. : to exclude from consideration

the … party is inclined to let nationalization pretty well alone — Alzada Comstock

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let alone
1. Not to mention, much less
2. To refrain from interference with
3. (imperative) trust (archaic)
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Main Entry:let

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let alone phrase
used for saying that something is even less likely to happen than another unlikely thing

I hardly have time to think these days, let alone relax.

Thesaurus: not likely to happensynonym general words meaning to happensynonym
Main entry: let

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I
see let I
II
used to indicate that something is far less likely, possible, or suitable than something else already mentioned

he was incapable of leading a bowling team, let alone a country

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let alone — see let, 1
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Main Entry:alone
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let alone
1
— used to refer to something that is even less likely or possible than the thing previously mentioned

I can barely understand it, let alone explain it.

2 let (someone or something) alone : to not bother or touch (someone or something)

Let [=(more commonly) leave] your sister alone.

All I ask is to be let alone. [=(more commonly) left alone]

Would you please let it alone?

I never did learn to let well enough alone. [=to leave well enough alone; to stop changing something that is already good enough]

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Main Entry:let

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let alone idiom
used after a statement to emphasize that because the first thing is not true or possible, the next thing cannot be true or possible either

There isn't enough room for us, let alone any guests.

I didn't have any clothes, let alone a passport.

Main entry:aloneidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Let-alone — Let a*lone (l[e^]t [.a]*l[=o]n ), a. Letting alone. [1913 Webster] {The let alone principle}, {The let alone doctrine}, or {The let alone policy}. (Polit. Econ.) See {Laissez faire}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • let-alone — letˈ alone noun (Shakespeare) Absence of restraint, freedom adjective 1. Refraining from interference 2. Leaving things to themselves • • • Main Entry: ↑let * * * let alone, n. and attrib. see let v.1 18 …   Useful english dictionary

  • let alone — (do something) and to an even greater degree do something. We were trapped in a situation you can barely imagine, let alone understand. Usage notes: used to emphasize the extreme character of something Related vocabulary: not to mention… …   New idioms dictionary

  • let alone — This is used to emphasise how extreme something could be: We hadn t got the money to phone home, let alone stay in a hotel. This emphasises the utter impossibility of staying in a hotel …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • let alone — index forswear, shun Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • let alone — {conj. phr.} 1. Even less; certainly not. Used after a negative clause. * /I can t add two and two, let alone do fractions./ * /Jim can t drive a car, let alone a truck./ Compare: MUCH LESS, NOT TO MENTION. 2.[let alone] or[leave alone] {v.} To… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • let alone — {conj. phr.} 1. Even less; certainly not. Used after a negative clause. * /I can t add two and two, let alone do fractions./ * /Jim can t drive a car, let alone a truck./ Compare: MUCH LESS, NOT TO MENTION. 2.[let alone] or[leave alone] {v.} To… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • let\ alone — conj. phr. 1. Even less; certainly not. Used after a negative clause. I can t add two and two, let alone do fractions. Jim can t drive a car, let alone a truck. Compare: much less, not to mention 2. let alone or leave alone v To stay away from;… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • let alone — I. phrasal to leave undisturbed < let the flowers alone >; also to leave to oneself < wanted to be let alone > II. conjunction Date: 1765 to say nothing of ; not to mention used especially to emphasize the improbability of a contrasting example < …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • let alone — 1. conjunction a) Much less; to say nothing of; I didnt even notice it, let alone mind it. [I didnt even notice it, so certainly I didnt mind it.] b) not to mention, as well as; 2. verb To lea …   Wiktionary

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