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rarely ever

Nearly never; very infrequently; only on a few or rare occasions. We used to go visit Grandma and Grandpa every year when I was a kid, but nowadays, I rarely ever see them. I rarely ever get the chance to go out to the movies alone since having kids.
See also: ever, rarely

hardly ever

Also, rarely ever, scarcely ever. Very seldom, almost never, as in This kind of thief is hardly ever caught, or He rarely ever brings up his wartime experiences. The ever in these expressions, first recorded in 1694, serves as an intensifier.
See also: ever, hardly
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Blue whales are believed to be the largest animals in the world and are rarely seen, according to local media.
The survey also showed that almost one third of the population exercise rarely, if at all.
Few of the hard-ups and fed-ups, and the host of correspondents who write as if they were the only folk who paid their taxes, would dream of offering their services for the thankless task of being local councillors - our councillors whose services are rarely appreciated and usually undervalued.
I think everybody creatively wants an experience, and rarely are we given that chance,'' she says.
A total of 1,010 dementia-free Asian men and women aged 60-93 were divided into three groups based on their curry consumption: once a month to daily (43%), once every six months (41%), or rarely or never (16%).
For instance, among people infected by the influenza virus, 14 of 50 (28 percent) who often reported positive emotions developed coughs, congestion, and other cold symptoms, as compared with 23 of 56 infected individuals (41 percent) who rarely reported positive emotions.
Even Bruce's family, who suffered this very fate, rarely heard from him during his heyday.
In Africa and Central and South America, Bunyamwera serogroup viruses cause sporadic human illness, including undifferentiated febrile illness, fever with exanthem, meningitis, and rarely, encephalitis.
Social historians' decisions about geographic framework, or regionalization, are rarely as explicit as those involving chronological framework, or periodization.
Further, they may find that previous supervisory training rarely addressed such situations.
Parents stand ashore, typically with the right compass, but rarely with a choice about which vessel might take their kids where they need to go.
Position papers rarely have a direct influence on grand strategy; contending bureaucracies kick in to muddy the waters.
Still, while applause can be an instant source of gratification for a performer, it rarely competes with the dancer's own inner satisfaction of a job well done.
Sisylia, Grace and Nathania: Occasionally we look at other artists' work, but not very often as we rarely have the time.