American English keeps alive the old word “lest” in phrases like “lest we forget,” referring to something to be avoided or prevented. Many people mistakenly substitute the more familiar word “least” in these phrases.
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n something that is of no importance
it is the least I can do that is the least of my concerns
a the superlative of `little' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning smallest in amount or extent or degree
didn't care the least bit he has the least talent of anyone
r used to form the superlative
The garter snake is the least dangerous snake
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