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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈnɛɹoʊli/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈnæɹəʊli/
- (Mary–marry–merry distinction) IPA(key): /ˈnæɹoʊli/
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- In a narrow manner; without flexibility or latitude.
- They regarded the new idea rather narrowly.
- 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page viii:
- There is now such an immense "microliterature" on hepatics that, beyond a certain point I have given up trying to integrate (and evaluate) every minor paper published—especially narrowly floristic papers.
- By a narrow margin; closely.
- They narrowly escaped collision.
- 1859, George Meredith, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Chapter 13:
- One inconsequent dream he related, about fancying himself quite young and rich, and finding himself suddenly in a field cropping razors around him, when, just as he had, by steps dainty as those of a French dancing-master, reached the middle, he to his dismay beheld a path clear of the blood, thirsty steel-crop, which he might have taken at first had he looked narrowly; and there he was.
- 2011 October 29, Neil Johnston, “Norwich 3 - 3 Blackburn”, in BBC Sport:
- The visitors had not managed an away win in the top flight since the final day of last season, but Mauro Formica set the tone in the second minute with a rasping 25-yard drive which flew narrowly wide.
by a narrow margin; closely