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Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

The U.S. Marine Corps. The name is part of a recruiting phrase used by the Corps: “The few, the proud, the Marines.”

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fewer

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2016; p ublished online September 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 272 words.

As a general guide, fewer is used with plural nouns (fewer books, fewer people) and indicates number, whereas

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fewer

Bryan A. Garner.

in Garner’s Modern English Usage

January 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 175 words.

Fewer emphasizes number, and less emphasizes degree or quantity. ✳Fewer number and ✳fewest number are illogical tautologies, since fewer means

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fewer

Edited by Robert Allen.

in Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage

January 2008; p ublished online January 2008 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 271 words.

As a general guide, fewer is used with plural nouns (fewer books, fewer people) and indicates number, whereas

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fewer

Bryan A. Garner.

in The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style

January 2000; p ublished online January 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 59 words.

Fewer emphasizes number, and less emphasizes degree or quantity. Fewer number and fewest number are illogical tautologies, since fewer means

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few

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2016; p ublished online September 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 56 words.

1 Few may be used with or without preceding a, although the sense is slightly different. There were few

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few

Edited by Robert Allen.

in Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage

January 2008; p ublished online January 2008 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 56 words.

1 Few may be used with or without preceding a, although the sense is slightly different. There were few

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few

Edited by John Ayto.

in Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

January 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 56 words.

few and far between scarce or infrequent.

have a few drink enough alcohol to be slightly drunk. informal 1991 James

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Fewing

Patrick Hanks, Richard Coates and Peter McClure.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

November 2016; p ublished online November 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Names Studies. 98 words.

Variants: Fewings

Current frequencies: GB 13, Ireland 0 • GB frequency 1881: 23 • Main GB location 1881: Devon;

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few

Overview page.

A small number of; in Britain, the Few are the RAF pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain; the name alludes to a speech made by Winston Churchill on the Battle of Britain in the...

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Few

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

The U.S. Marine Corps. The name is part of a recruiting phrase used by the Corps: “The few, the proud, the Marines.”

See overview in Oxford Index

few

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2015; p ublished online June 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 152 words.

1 Few may be used with or without preceding a, although the meaning is slightly different, to the bafflement of many learners of English. ...

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few

in The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

January 2005; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 57 words.

a small number of; in Britain, the Few are the RAF pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain; the name alludes to a speech made by ...

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few

Julia Cresswell.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins

January 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 68 words.

[OE]

The ancient root of few is shared by Latin paucus ‘small’, which gives us the English word paucity [LME]

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fewer

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2015; p ublished online June 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 829 words.

1 The basic rule.

2 Less than with numbers.

3 Censured use of less.

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few <i>n</i>

David Crystal.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation

March 2016; p ublished online October 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism. 9 words.

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Few fortunate

Robert Herrick.

Edited by Tom Cain and Ruth Connolly.

in The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick, Vol. 1

Primary Text.

Many we are, and yet but few possesse

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Few fortunate

Robert Herrick.

Edited by L. C. Martin.

in The Poetical Works of Robert Herrick

Primary Text.

Many we are, and yet but few possesse

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Few fortunate

Robert Herrick.

Edited by F. W. Moorman.

in The Poetical Works of Robert Herrick

Primary Text.

Many we are, and yet but few possesse

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Few, William

Robert E. Wright.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: US Politics; US Colonial and Revolutionary History; Colonialism and Imperialism; Banking; Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice; State and Local Government. 1558 words.

Few, William (08 June 1748–16 July 1828), lawyer, politician, and banker, was born near Baltimore, Maryland, the son of William Few, a failed tobacco planter turned frontier farmer, and...

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Few, the

in The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

January 2001; p ublished online January 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History. 24 words.

the U.S. Marine Corps. The name is part of a recruiting phrase used by the Corps: “The few, the

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