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not in the slightest

Not at all; not even a little bit. A: "I'm really sorry. Are you mad?" B: "Not in the slightest! I know it was a mistake."
See also: not, slight

not have the slightest idea

To not be aware of or know more information about something. A: "Is Sally off today?" B: "Oh, I don't have the slightest idea. Ask Elaine, she'll know."
See also: have, idea, not, slight

in the least

Also, in the slightest. At all, in the smallest degree. These terms are nearly always used in a negative context. For example, I don't care in the least what you do with the money, or It doesn't matter in the slightest whether or not you attend. [c. 1600] They may also be put as not in the least or not in the slightest, as in I am not in the least worried about the outcome, or The heat doesn't bother me in the slightest. In the least dates from about 1600; in the slightest has been used in the sense of "emphatically unimportant or trifling" since the late 1500s.
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(ˌnot) in the ˈleast

(used in negative sentences, questions and if clauses) (not) at all: She wasn’t in the least afraid.If you are in the least worried about it, then ask somebody for help.
See also: least

not in the ˈslightest

not at all; not in the least: Flying doesn’t worry me in the slightest.
See also: not, slight

in the least

At all: I don't mind in the least.
See also: least
References in classic literature ?
Had she needed proof of the truth of her sad discovery it had been enough to point to the single fact that her father had brought her here to this little island without making the slightest attempt to explain the nature of his expedition.
Neither of these things had I the slightest notion of doing, and so I again stepped from behind the tree, and, with all the care and deliberation of target practice, I commenced picking off the foremost of my assailants.
Buckingham had relieved me of my weapons, though he had not the slightest idea of their purpose or uses, and when we reached the camp he exhibited both me and my arms with every indication of pride in this great capture.
You cannot lose what you never possessed - what you never had the slightest chance of possessing.
Dantes declared, however, that he would rather die where he was than undergo the agony which the slightest movement cost him.
I would rather do so," was Edmond reply, "than suffer the inexpressible agonies which the slightest movement causes me.
My own father, who served in the European theatre of operations in World War Two, was always pleased to see the "Yanks" who would generously dole out their cigarettes and chocolate to our forces without the slightest quibble.
5%) recorded the slightest rise and Lithuania declined by 0.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan warned that Iran is always prepared to give a crushing response to the slightest aggression by the enemy, stressing that threat is his country's response to any threat.
WE all have those moment when we get a bit emotional over the slightest thing.
He said that "we must fight without the slightest ambiguity, with the slightest hesitation any attempts that attack what makes up our unity, our cohesion and our most precious possession, our schools.
Dear Alex, SINCE I turned 13 I've noticed that I lose my temper over the slightest thing.
The latest actions from the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rabble of right-wingers, however, do not display the slightest scintilla of remorse in their bones nor the slightest desire for peace in their blackened hearts.
Gordon Ballantyne, Telstra retail group executive says the company is not concerned in the slightest by rival SingTel-Optus move to increase network investments to $1.
The KPA spokesman said all the missiles and rockets tested at ranges of between 55 kilometres and 500 kilometres had followed their planned trajectories without the slightest error.