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as much as (not comparable)

  1. Almost, but not quite.
    She as much as admitted to lying.
    • 1921, Edwin Balmer, "Settled Down", in Everybody's Magazine, volume 44, number 2, February 1921, page 50 [1]:
      It's too damn foolish; why he as much as said so himself.
    • 2005, Brigitte Goldstein, translator, Mr. Brecher's Fiasco, →ISBN, page 154 [2]:
      For as soon as he as much as took out his pince-nez to read the newspaper, the privy councilor's wife was his advance trumpeter, who sounded the fanfare and said, "Now Papa puts on his eyes."


as much as

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see as,‎ much.
    Take as much as you like.
  2. Used to say that two things are equal in amount or degree
    He likes caramel as much as he likes fudge.
  3. Used to say that an amount is as large as another amount
    He earns nearly as much as she does.
  4. Even though; despite the fact that
    As much as I dislike him, I still voted for him.

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