at the very least



Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - at the very least

"at the very least"

not less than

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - at the very least

"at the very least"

regardless of what has occurred or will occur;

in any case

 

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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - at the very least

"at the very least"

used to emphasize a somewhat positive aspect following a negative one

 

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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - at the very least

"at the very least"

used to say that someone should do something ​small, ​even if they do nothing ​else

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - at the very least

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How many comparative example graphs do you think I should include on my presentation?

Colleague 2At the very least, three.

Colleague 1:  So, three minimum?

Colleague 2:  Yes.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - at the very least

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  The boss sent me a memo telling me the problems with my presentation.

Colleague 2:  And what have you done?

Colleague 1:  Nothing. I'm not sure what to do.

Colleague 2:  You might, at the very least, respond to his memo.

Colleague 1:  I suppose that would be a good start.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - at the very least

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  And how did the boss reply to the reply you sent to his memo?

Colleague 2:  He explained that there were a number of problems but that the infographics that I included in my presentation were very good.

Colleague 1At the very least the entire presentation wasn't bad.


Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - at the very least

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was your birthday?

Friend 2:  Pretty good but I didn't receive a gift from Jenny.

Friend 1:  That's poor form. She could have at the very least sent a birthday card.





at the very least - Usage:

formal<-------------X--|--------------->informal



at the very least - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for at the very least.



at the very least - Examples:

1)  ... had IEP forms in which at the very least three options for participation in state and district-wide assessments were included.

2)  But at the very least, he says, they would have been paid well for their years of study ...

3)  ... to make what many see as urban decay look, if not beautiful, at the very least atmospheric.

4)  If you're not at the very least a little physically imposing, go with someone who is.

5)  ... the homeless guys who peddle them to theater-goers after 10 pm for $1. At the very least they're working for their money!

6)  You see him again -- outside of work -- call the police. At the very least CALL them and it will be in a report (their daily log).

7)  ... or perhaps travelling in their own wagon, at the very least for part of the journey, ... 

8)  ... saying that since there are about 500 updates a year, there's at the very least one tweak most every day.

9)  Most states that impose an income tax exempt at the very least part of pension income from taxable income.

10)  In real tournaments, you're at the very least given the option of making a secret bet.

11)  ... not have been as lily white as he would have liked, but he at the very least tried to be clean.

12)  And it appears to have been designed and used at the very least in part to avoid taxes.

13)  I've always appreciated about Victoria's Secret's catalogs is that they include at the very least one black model.

14)  Now, here is my speculation (at the very least I'll admit to it): home-birth only worsens maternal death rates.

15)  The progesterone did work for me (or at the very least seemed to) because I started my period within one day of taking it, ...

16)  The conclusion he has come to that, for the short term at the very least, nuclear is the only way to go to solve our energy needs.

17)  As expected, the troubled Internet giant announced plans to slash at the very least 1,400 jobs as it acknowledged that the deteriorating economy is taking a toll ...

18)  Fogo Island remains isolated and, at the very least until the Inn opens this November, short on amenities.

19)  ... though majority of voters are at the very least somewhat confident in either candidate's abilities to deal with the two issues.

20)  Most people do laundry every day or at the very least twice a week so you can usually keep things washed up.