Phrases with less
Several common phrases use the word less.
In less than no time
If you do something in less than no time, you do it very quickly.
- Although they managed to take him to hospital in less than no time, they couldn’t save his life.
- She cleaned up the mess in less than no time.
Less and less
Used to refer to something that gradually gets smaller in amount or degree
- Farming is growing less and less profitable.
Used to ask someone to stop doing something
- We’ll have less of that rudeness, please. (Used to ask someone to stop behaving rudely.)
Used before a number or amount to say that the actual number or amount is smaller than that.
- It was the second tragedy to strike their household in less than one month.
- A decent laptop costs less than $300 these days.
Less than + adjective
Less than can be followed by an adjective.
- Theirs was obviously a less than perfect marriage. (= Their marriage was not at all perfect.)
- The teacher said that she was less than satisfied with our performance. (= She was not at all satisfied with our performance.)
Used for emphasizing that the person or thing you are talking about is very important
- She received the award from the President, no less.
No less than
- The applicants should have scored no less than 90% percent marks in the entrance examination.
Nothing less than
Used for emphasizing how important or serious something really is
- Their eagerness to help was nothing less than miraculous.