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less than something

not something The weekend was less than wonderful, but parts of it were pretty good. The result was less than thrilling television – you could even call it boring.
Usage notes: used to describe a quality you had expected or hoped for
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less than

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.
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less than

Not at all: He had a less than favorable view of the matter.
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a) less than usual or don't drink (b) same as usual (c) more than usual (d) much more than usual
A window-style air conditioner now costs less than four hours of work for each 1,000 BTUs, down from 7.
Almost all firms with ten or more employees or with 100,000 or more in annual sales or assets used at least one financial service; at the other end of the spectrum, 8 percent of firms with fewer than two employees, 10 percent of firms with less than $25,000 in assets, and 18 percent of firms with less than $25,000 in sales used no financial services in 1993.
Volume 2 Days Ago less than Volume 3 Days Ago (Recent-2D less than Recent-3D)
Infants born to women who had been incarcerated four or more times during pregnancy weighed 224 g less than those born to women who had been jailed only once; they also had significantly elevated odds of being delivered preterm (odds ratio, 3.
By 1999, the city had dipped to where it was receiving less than the county's average in state funding per capita.
Initially, teachers were divided into the following three groups: secondary teachers (grades 6-12) with at least 1 year of formal teaching experience; elementary teachers (grades Kindergarten-5) with at least 1 year of formal teaching experience; and teachers with less than 1 year of formal teaching experience.
For example, the NHLBI recommends that everyone aged two or older get less than ten percent of their calories from saturated fat and less than 300 mg of cholesterol per day to prevent heart disease and stroke.
The study is based on a cohort of children who were born weighing less than 1,500 g and were admitted between 1977 and 1979 to a health facility in Cleveland.
California doctors earn 14 percent less than their peers nationwide, by some estimates.
An eightounce glass has about a halfteaspoon less than Pepsi and Coke Classic and a quarterteaspoon less than Sprite.
A "less-than-5% beneficial owner" on any particular day is beneficial owner of indebtedness who owns less than 5% of the class on that day.
CSR will apply its own experience in embedding radio technologies into the mobile platform and expects its first Autonomous and Assisted GPS product offerings that support satellite navigation and other location-based services to be available during H1 2007, with cost expected to subsequently reduce to less than $1.
SIMI VALLEY - School kids of a single parent earning less than $10,855 and two parents earning less than $14,625 a year will be eligible for free school meals this year, district officials said Monday.
have stricter limits for foods with serving sizes less than two tablespoons.