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barely
 ad.  just; only; hardly; scarcely
Classic Sentence: (210 in 15 pages)
1  It was so dark under the spruces that he could barely see the shape of her head beside his shoulder.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In II
2  It barely cleared the tall back of the sofa and splintered with a little crash against the marble mantelpiece.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER VI
3  It was for the latter reason that he was barely on speaking terms with his sister, Miss Pittypat.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER VIII
4  Now Melanie had given a new meaning to passages in the letters which Scarlett's eyes had barely seen.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XII
5  She found Carey Ashburn on the bottom layer of wounded in an ox cart, barely alive from a bullet wound in his head.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVIII
6  Alone in the big house were Grandma Fontaine, in her seventies, her daughter-in-law who would always be known as Young Miss, though she was in her fifties, and Sally, who had barely turned twenty.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXVI
7  But we country folks will go back a hundred years like the pioneers who had little cabins and just scratched a few acres--and barely existed.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIX
8  Brother Henry could just barely pay taxes on this house.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIII
9  Skillfully, he diluted the claret with water from the carafe until the liquid was barely pink and handed the glass to Wade.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER L
10  Ashley had barely made expenses and Johnnie had a remarkable sum to his credit.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LI
11  One rainy afternoon when Bonnie was barely past her first birthday, Wade moped about the sitting room, occasionally going to the window and flattening his nose on the dripping pane.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LII
12  The plumes on her bonnet barely moved as she nodded.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LII
13  She hated Archie as much as he hated her and they barely spoke.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LIII
14  She had started with one little mill in those black days when Atlanta was barely struggling up from ruin and ashes and want was staring her in the face.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LVII
15  Freddy, barely out of college, had risen above the horizon since Lily's eclipse, and she now saw with surprise what an effulgence he shed on the outer twilight of Mrs. Hatch's existence.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 2: Chapter 9
Example Sentence: (54 in 4 pages)
16  There was a barely perceptible movement in his right arm.
17  I barely restrained myself from hitting him.
18  Though nearly twenty he was barely literate.
19  The fake was barely distinguishable from the original painting.
20  The original text has been modified so radically that it is barely recognizable.
21  Make sure patties are just barely covered and add water as necessary to replace sauce that has cooked down.
22  His lips curved in a barely perceptible smile.
23  Pasternak gave him a barely perceptible smile.
24  Her speech was slurred and barely comprehensible.
25  She was barely able to stand.
26  This report has barely skimmed the surface of the subject.
27  Only a few years ago there were no mobile phones, landlines barely worked.
28  So much sand had built up at the bottom of the canal that the waterway was barely navigable.
29  Though our daughter barely says a word to us these days, put a phone in her hand and see how loquacious she can be: our phone bills are out of sight!.
30  In the distance, we could barely descry the enemy vessels.