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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. Oh darn, I have a sight fewer bananas than I need to make this recipe.
See also: fewer, less, sight

the fewer the better fare

If an event is not attended by many people, there will be more food available to the people who do attend. Often added to the end of the phrase "the more, the merrier." A: "I did invite a bunch of people, but I guess it's just going to be the three of us." B: "Ah, that's fine. The fewer the better fare, right?" C: "Yeah, more pizza for us!"
See also: better, fare, fewer

the more the merrier, the fewer the better fare

More people will make something more enjoyable, but if an event has few attendees, there will be more food available to the people who do attend. A: "I did invite a bunch of people, but I guess it's just going to be the three of us." B: "Ah, that's fine. The more the merrier, the fewer the better fare, right?" C: "Yeah, more pizza for us!"
See also: better, fare, fewer, more
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