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precious few

 and precious little
very few; very little. (Few for people or things that can be counted, and little for amounts.) We get precious few tourists here in the winter. There's precious little food in the house and there is no money.
See also: few, precious

precious few

Also, precious little. Very few, very little, as in There are precious few leaves left on the trees, or We have precious little fuel left. In these idioms precious serves as an intensive, a colloquial usage dating from the first half of the 1800s.
See also: few, precious
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Gray's four-month deal at Parkhead is up at the end of December but the Sunderland player has been given precious few chances since his move north.
And they have probably read another recent survey confirming that 94 percent of Japanese eat breakfast, but precious few opt for oatmeal.
While few individuals or businesses will deny the reality of a cyberattack, many have taken precious few steps to proactively defend their information.
While it is patently obvious that precious few of health care CEOs are physicians, there is absolutely no reason that those that have not matriculated and graduated from a medical school are somehow better qualified for the top dog position.
Olga Samaroff, master teacher of William Kapell among others, made a precious few Victor discs before she focused her Career on teaching.
The film occasionally calls to mind Head On (1998), which also revolved around the nihilistic adventures of a pouty, sexually restless beauty, but we get precious few hints about who O Fantasma's Sergio is or why we should care about his lust for a mysterious motorcycle boy.
The answer they came up with: Precious few, at present.
For generations folks have flocked to the Anna Maria City Pier to catch a fish, a sunset, or just a precious few moments of gazing out over Tampa Bay to the horizon beyond through the two telescopes mounted there (50 cents, please).
If you wander through Cyril Beaumont's treasury of ballet stories, you find precious few (with the glorious exception of Balanchine's Prodigal Son) that are based upon biblical lore.
Also, there are precious few minted people who have been elevated to sainthood.
A precious few books document how black women have left their mark on architecture, corporate and residential interiors, multimedia and print graphics, fashion, consumer products and packaging, and more .
However, with precious few days remaining in the legislative calendar for the 106th Congress, the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers has noted that "the nonprofit community has no time to spare.
Precious few ghosts survive from that which passes for medieval Berlin, and even those from Schinkel's Neoclassical Berlin are much diminished.
The problems which afflicted so many of the estates took time to emerge: the constructional defects, the lack of understanding by young architects of lifestyles of less advantaged people (leading to phenomena like endemic condensation), the social ghettoization of many estates with no social or functional mix and precious few facilities.