almost no; almost not
only just; scarcely
"they could barely hear the speaker"
"we hardly knew them"
"just missed being hit"
"had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open"
"would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"
"he hardly ever goes fishing"
"he was hardly more than sixteen years old"
"they scarcely ever used the emergency generator"
The Lamprey caught fast hold on his hand, biting hardly.
出自： E. Topsell
误 Hardly I had closed my eyes when the telephone rang.
正 Hardly had I closed my eyes when the telephone rang.