a (damn) sight less/fewer (something)

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a (damn) sight less/fewer (something)

Quite a lot less or fewer of something (than someone or something). "Damn" is used to emphasize the degree to which an amount is less/fewer. ("Less" is used when discussing uncountable nouns, while "fewer" is used with countable nouns.) We were much busier than we had expected, so we had a sight fewer staff than we needed. Excuse me, she has a damn sight less experience than I do in this matter, so I'll thank you to refer to me in the future.
See also: less, sight
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O'Neill says he is petrified about taking the Villa helm, but this shrewd man knows that inheriting the increasingly preposterous David O'Leary's job is be a damned sight less daunting than being the one who has to pick up the pieces when the Ferguson era finally ends at Old Trafford.
They are also a damned sight less intrusive than somebody ringing up and calling you names.
If the authorities are no good at sums, I can assure them that a box of birches would cost a damned sight less and the surplus cash could be spent on the sick and elderly.
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