I have found that super-productive days are usually followed by two and even three days when I can hardly write a word.
Many of the gender-variant male types were stigmatized; being regarded as women was hardly an elevation in social status.
They were so absorbed by the experience that they hardly noticed the extreme heat and difficult conditions.
There could hardly be a more perfect emblem of each side's attitude toward this allegedly sacred right of citizenship.
A few facts (or perhaps “facts”) were given about each illness, but hardly enough to know if anything of concern was afoot.
She was seeing, as in a nightmare, the incidents of a night that was hardly six weeks past.
You've been so devoted to her for three days that you've hardly bowed to old friends.
Heidi, in her happiness, could hardly wait to bring the old woman the good news.
Hope asked no questions, and hardly felt the impulse to inquire what had happened.
A man who is solicitor-general at eight-and-twenty can hardly have had time for much.
c.1200, "in a hard manner, with great exertion or effort," from Old English heardlic "stern, severe, harsh; bold, warlike" (see hard + -ly (2)). Hence "assuredly, certainly" (early 14c.). Main modern sense of "barely, just" (1540s) reverses this, via the intermediate meaning "not easily, with trouble" (early 15c.). Formerly with superficial negative (not hardly).