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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.
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References in classic literature ?
No doubt the strawberry had always varied since it was cultivated, but the slight varieties had been neglected.
The grave was then filled in with the rubbish taken from the ground, which formed a slight mound.
It was cold comfort I presume, but yet I derived some slight peace of mind from the contemplation of it.
If he had thought of it, he could have felt the slight appealing pressure with which she led him towards one of the smaller rooms.
Long lines of poorly lighted streets might be faintly traced, with here and there a lighter spot, where lamps were clustered round a square or market, or round some great building; after a time these grew more distinct, and the lamps themselves were visible; slight yellow specks, that seemed to be rapidly snuffed out, one by one, as intervening obstacles hid them from the sight.
Slights offers a refreshing entry into the increasingly crowded (but vibrant) field of body criticism in The Heart in the Age of Shakespeare.
Slights lists as one of his goals a desire 'to experience again the living pulse of the early modern heart and the vitality of the heart's language in the art, philosophy, literature, and everyday life of the period' (38).
Sophomore running back Milton Knox said his team took the pre-season slights to heart and used Friday's game as an opportunity to show they should still be among the favorites to win a City title.
For most kickers, even those who do it for a living, the distance Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks kicker Kai Forbath looked up at near the end of the first half would have induced a sigh and a slight chuckle.
Surely at some level, we remember the slights, we feel compassionately for other people, and become determined that no so-called "spiritual" leadership ought ever to be allowed to trample on it.
While scouring the communique from the primates' meeting in Newry for any reason to be optimistic, do we remember the slights and determine to keep the faith?
This new book by Slights covers much the same ground, and many of the same texts, as Tribble's groundbreaking book.
Satire 3 is the only one treated again, whereas Slights had unpersuasively included detailed readings of the other four; some use is made of the Essays in Divinity; and the sermon on Esther is given a much fuller and (with one exception) exemplary reading.
But in Jonson's plays, Slights argues, secrecy is always used for questionable or unethical purposes.
For Camille Wells Slights, Shakespeare's ten early comedies, from Comedy of Errors through Twelfth Night, can most profitably be studied in terms of their social component, the communities that they represent in diverse forms.