Only a very short time before:
— We hardly knew them.
Roget 704: with difficulty, with much ado; barely, hardly etc. adj.; uphill; against the stream, against the grain; d rebours [Fr.]; invita Minerva [Lat.]; in the teeth of; at a pinch, upon a pinch; ... meer laten zien
— He hardly ever goes fishing.
— I can hardly hear what she is saying.
Slowly and with difficulty:
— He was so dizzy he could hardly stand up straight.
Moby betekeniswoordenboek: a bit, a little, abnormally, arduously, at infrequent intervals, badly, barely, bitterly, burdensomely, by a hair, by an ace, by no means, closely, difficultly, energetically, ever so little, exiguously, faintly, feebly, fiercely ... meer laten zien.
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