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precious few

adjective Not much; scant. (Used solely with plural countable nouns; "precious little" is used with uncountable nouns.) He's had precious few job offers since he got out of college. So far, we've had precious few details about the deal, so rumors are flying around the office at the moment.
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precious few

 and precious little
very few; very little. (Few for people or things that can be counted, and little for amounts.) We get precious few tourists here in the winter. There's precious little food in the house and there is no money.
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precious few

Also, precious little. Very few, very little, as in There are precious few leaves left on the trees, or We have precious little fuel left. In these idioms precious serves as an intensive, a colloquial usage dating from the first half of the 1800s.
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precious ˈfew/ˈlittle

(informal) very few/little: There are precious few places round here where you can get good Indian food.
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Precious few ghosts survive from that which passes for medieval Berlin, and even those from Schinkel's Neoclassical Berlin are much diminished.
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However, of the many comments about the sale, precious few came from the business owners themselves.
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The professor is not the first exile to return with criticisms to make of the area he left, but precious few give a public lecture as he will tonight.
There can be precious few people who can claim to have walked through life with integrity or who can assert that they have trusted in the Lord without faltering.
But precious few will have worked as hard to get where they are.