in the least
Also, in the slightest. At all, in the smallest degree. These terms are nearly always used in a negative context. For example, I don't care in the least what you do with the money, or It doesn't matter in the slightest whether or not you attend. [c. 1600] They may also be put as not in the least or not in the slightest, as in I am not in the least worried about the outcome, or The heat doesn't bother me in the slightest. In the least dates from about 1600; in the slightest has been used in the sense of "emphatically unimportant or trifling" since the late 1500s.
|in the least|
|1.||to any extent at all; "are you in the least interested?"|
|2.||in the slightest degree or in any respect; "Are you at all interested? No, not at all"; "was not in the least unfriendly" [syn: at all]|