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more haste, less speed
Acting too quickly and without due diligence, focus, and attention to detail will result in avoidable mistakes and thus require even more time to complete the task satisfactorily. (The logic of the phrase is essentially "too much haste results in less overall speed.") Primarily heard in UK. I know we're all eager to get the new software released to the public, but remember: more haste, less speed. We don't want to end up wasting time fixing bugs that could have been avoided.
could care less
Does not care about something at all. The phrase is a colloquial version of "could not care less." Fine, I could care less what you do! Good riddance! You're going out with my ex-boyfriend? Great. I could care less.
less and less
A phrase indicating that something is dwindling or becoming less frequent. She used to make mistakes all the time, but now that she's familiar with the job, it's been happening less and less. I have less and less interest in Adam the more time I spend with him.
make haste slowly
Proceed quickly, yet carefully. I know you're late for work, but make haste slowly so you don't end up in an accident.
couldn't care less
Does not care about something at all. Fine, I couldn't care less what you do! Good riddance! You're going out with my ex-boyfriend? Great. I couldn't care less.
Used at the end of a statement to emphasize how surprising or unexpected something is. I just bought the coolest leather jacket—and on sale, no less! They lost the game at the very last minute, and by a goal knocked in by their own player, no less.
no less than
Used to emphasize the importance of a particular person, thing, group, or organization. Do you know who this is? This is no less than the founder of the company! After years of hardship, I finally landed my dream job with no less than the BBC.
nothing less than (something)
An extreme quality, trait, or characteristic demonstrated in absolute terms. This meal is nothing less than sublime. The instructor demands nothing less than perfection from her pupils.
1. A lot less. We've had much less foot traffic since construction started. This magazine has much less content than it used to.
2. And especially not; and even less so. The phrase is used to indicate that something is especially not the case, even less so than what was previously mentioned. We don't have enough money for new car, much less a luxury SUV. He barely looked at me, much less smiled.
could(n't) care less
[one is] unable to care at all; it does not matter at all. John couldn't care less whether he goes to the party or not. I could care less if I live or die.
(I) could(n't) care less.
Inf. It doesn't matter to me. (The less bears the heaviest stress in both versions. Despite the apparent contradiction, either reading of this—both the affirmative and negative—usually have the same meaning. The exception would be in a sentence where the could bears the heaviest stress: I COULD care less, [but I don't.].) Tom: The rain is coming! The carpet will get wet! Mary: I couldn't care less. Bill: I'm going to go in there and tell off the boss? John: I could care less.
in less than no time
Fig. very quickly. (See also in no time (at all).) I'll be there in less than no time. Don't worry. This won't take long. It'll be over with in less than no time.
in no time (at all)
very quickly. (Compare this with in less than no time.) I'll be there in no time. It won't take long. I'll be finished in no time at all.
Less is more.
Cliché fewer or small is better. Simplicity now rules our lives. Less is more. Smaller houses and cars. The world will be a better place!
less said (about something), the better
Prov. A way of indicating that you think something should not be talked about any further. Jane: How are things going with your divorce proceedings? Ellen: The less said, the better. The less said about my financial situation, the better.
less than pleased
displeased. We were less than pleased to learn of your comments. Bill was less than pleased at the outcome of the election.
Make haste slowly,and More haste, less speed.
Prov. Act quickly, but not so quickly that you make careless mistakes. Jane: Why are you throwing your clothes around the room? Alan: You told me to get my things packed in a hurry. Jane: Yes, but make haste slowly; otherwise we'll have to spend an hour cleaning up the mess you make. I know you want to finish that sweater by Joe's birthday, but you're knitting so fast that you make mistakes. More haste, less speed.
more or less
somewhat; approximately; a phrase used to express vagueness or uncertainty. Henry: I think this one is what I want, more or less. Clerk: A very wise choice, sir. I spent more or less a half hour waiting for my flight to depart.
couldn't care less
Also, could care less. Be completely indifferent. For example, Pick whatever dessert you want; I couldn't care less, or I could care less about the editor's opinion . This expression originated about 1940 in Britain and for a time invariably used couldn't. About 1960 could was occasionally substituted, and today both versions are used with approximately equal frequency, despite their being antonyms.
in no time
Also, in no time at all; in less than no time; in nothing flat. Almost instantly, immediately, as in The train will be here in no time at all, or He'll be finished in less than no time, or I'll be there in nothing flat. All these hyperbolic terms equate a very short time with "at once." [First half of 1800s]
Not at all or hardly at all. For example, He had a less than favorable view of the matter, or She had a less than adequate grasp of the subject. This expression uses less in the sense of "a smaller quantity, number, or extent than is implied," a usage dating from about a.d. 1000. The same sense appears in less than no time, a hyperbolic term for a very short time (as in Don't worry, he'll be here in less than no time) that dates from about 1800.
more or less
1. Approximately, as in The truck will hold nine yards of dirt, more or less. This usage was first recorded in 1589.
2. Basically, essentially, as in We more or less agree on the substance of the letter. This usage was first recorded about 1225.
And certainly not, as in He rarely talks about his outside activities, much less his family. The earliest record of this idiom is in John Milton's Paradise Lost (1671): "The world thou hast not seen, much less her glory."
more haste, less speedyou make better progress with a task if you don't try to do it too quickly. proverb
The primary meaning of ‘speed’ in this proverbial saying was ‘success in the performance of an activity’, rather than ‘rapidity of movement’, though it is the latter that is now generally assumed to be meant.
know little (or nothing) and care lessbe completely unconcerned about something; be studiously ignorant.
in less than no timevery quickly or soon. informal
nothing less thanused to express how extreme something is.
1990 Katherine Frank Emily Brontë Nothing less than the ultimate feminine destiny of marriage had been within her reach, and Charlotte had almost immediately spurned it.
couldn’t care ˈless(informal) used to say, often rudely, that you are not at all interested in or concerned about something: I couldn’t care less if I fail my exams — I don’t want to go to college anyway.
ˌmore ˈhaste, ˌless ˈspeed(British English, saying) if you try to do something quickly, you are more likely to make mistakes and so take a longer time than necessary: I had to send the email twice because I forgot to add the attachment. More haste, less speed!
even/much/still ˈlessand certainly not: I don’t want even to see her, much less speak to her. ♢ I don’t like beer, even less do I like warm, weak English beer.
less is ˈmoreused to say that it is more effective to give a small amount of detail, information, etc. than a large amount: When it comes to Web design, less is more.
no ˈless(often ironic) used to suggest that something is surprising or impressive: She’s having lunch with the Director, no less.
no less than...used to emphasize a large amount: The guide contains details of no less than 115 hiking routes.
ˌmore or ˈless
1 almost: I’ve more or less finished reading the book. ♢ She’s finished, more or less.
2 approximately: It cost €200, more or less.
ˈnothing less than(used for emphasis) very; completely: Their defeat was nothing less than amazing. ♢ Her survival was nothing less than a miracle.
the less/least said, the ˈbetter(saying) it is better in a difficult situation to say nothing or very little, because otherwise you might make it worse: He’s very angry and she’s very upset, so don’t say anything about cars or accidents. Remember, the less said, the better.
in (less than/next to) ˈno timeso soon or so quickly that it is surprising: The kids will be leaving home in no time. ♢ She started learning Chinese last year and in less than no time she could hold a conversation in it. ♢ The meal was ready in next to no time.
I could(n’t) care less
sent. I don’t care!; I don’t care to the maximum amount, and it is, therefore, impossible to care any less. (The affirmative version does not make sense, but is widely used, nonetheless.) So you’re late. I couldn’t care less.
I could care lessverb
Not at all: He had a less than favorable view of the matter.
in no time
Almost instantly; immediately.