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can barely hear (oneself) think

Unable to concentrate or think clearly because there is too much noise or commotion around oneself. Kids, go outside to play! I can barely hear myself think with you shouting like that! With the noise of the construction outside her window, she could barely hear herself think.
See also: barely, can, hear, think

to barely make it

1. To come very close to failing at something but succeed in the end. That marathon was so exhausting, I barely made it! I barely made it through math class this semester.
2. To come very close to being late for something, such as a deadline, appointment, class, etc., but manage to arrive on time in the end. A shortening of "barely make it on time." If you leave right now, you'll just barely make it to the film before it starts.
See also: barely, make, to

to barely make it on time

To come very close to being late for something (such as a deadline, appointment, class, etc.) but manage to arrive on time in the end. Traffic was so bad this morning that I barely made it on time to the meeting. I was finishing my essay right up until the minute before it was due. I barely made it on time!
See also: barely, make, on, time, to
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Profusely illustrated throughout, "You Made That Dessert?: Create Fabulous Treats, Even If You Can Barely Boil Water" truly lives up to the promise of its title with clear, concise, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for a cornucopia of mouth-watering desserts that range from Cinnamon-Hazelnut Shortbread; Great Big Coconut Cake; S'mores Bars; and Pumpkin Mousse; to Grapefruit Granita; Cool Blueberry Soup; Apple Crumble; and Cherry-Berry Stovetop Cobbler.
London, August 9 (ANI): Amy Adams has revealed that she nearly gave up her acting profession because she barely got time for herself.
In particular, following Martorell (2004), the author exploits the discontinuity in the likelihood of exiting around the cutoff score of HSEE, and compares the exit probability of the students who barely pass or barely fail the test.