You use less than to say that something does not have a particular quality. For example, if you describe something as less than perfect, you mean that it is not perfect at all.
If something is more than a particular thing, it has greater value or importance than this thing.
than most others
You use other than after a negative statement to say that the person, item, or thing that follows is the only exception to the statement.
instead of; in place of
People sometimes say that one thing is different than another. This use is acceptable in American English, but is often considered incorrect in British English.
no less than:
You use no less than before an amount to indicate that the amount is surprisingly large.
no fewer than:
You use no fewer than to emphasize that a number is surprisingly large.
immediately after or when
having a density greater than that of air
If you describe someone as holier-than-thou, you disapprove of them because they seem to believe that they are more religious or have better moral qualities than anyone else.
If you say that someone or something is larger than life, you mean that they appear or behave in a way that seems more exaggerated or important than usual .
lighter than air:
having a lower density than that of air
more than usually:
You use more than usually to show that something shows even more of a particular quality than it normally does.
nothing less than:
You can use nothing less than to emphasize your next words, often indicating that something seems very surprising or important.
nothing more than:
If you say that someone or something is nothing more than a particular thing, you are emphasizing that they are only that thing, and nothing more interesting or important.
whiter than white:
used for describing someone whose actions are always honest and moral. You usually use this expression when you are referring to doubts about the person's character or behaviour, or when you are being ironic and trying to suggest that the person is less honest or moral than they appear to be.
easier said than done:
If you say that something is easier said than done, you are emphasizing that although it sounds like a good idea in theory, you think it would be difficult to actually do it.
know better than to:
not to be so stupid as to
more often than not:
in more than half the instances
no/nothing other than:
You use nothing other than and no other than when you are going to mention a course of action, decision, or description and emphasize that it is the only one possible in the situation .
no more than/not more than:
You use no more than or not more than when you want to emphasize how small a number or amount is.
better late than never:
If you say better late than never when someone has done something, you think they should have done it earlier .
in more ways than one:
You say in more ways than one to indicate that what you have said is intended to have more than one meaning .
more than meets the eye:
hidden motives, meaning, or facts
no less a person than:
a person of no lower importance, rank, etc. than
none other than no other than:
You use none other than and no other than to emphasize the name of a person or thing when something about that person or thing is surprising in a particular situation .
blood is thicker than water:
People say ' blood is thicker than water ' when they mean that their loyalty to their family is greater than their loyalty to anyone else.
neither more nor less than:
to be better than nothing:
If you say that something is better than nothing, you mean that it is not what is required, but that it is better to have that thing than to have nothing at all.
actions speak louder than words:
If you say that actions speak louder than words, you mean that people's actions show their real attitudes, rather than what they say. This expression is sometimes used to advise a person to do something positive .
more trouble than it is worth:
If you say that someone or something is more trouble than they are worth, you mean that they cause you a lot of problems or take a lot of time and effort and you do not achieve or gain very much in return.
see no further than one's nose:
to be short-sighted ; have myopia
bite off more than one can chew:
to attempt a task beyond one's capability
bite off more than you can chew:
to try to do too much
half a loaf is better than none:
said to mean that it is better to take what you can get, even if it is very little, than to risk having nothing at all
as often as not:
If you say that something happens as often as not, or more often than not, you mean that it happens fairly frequently, and that this can be considered as typical of the kind of situation you are talking about.
someone's bark is worse than their bite:
If you say that someone's bark is worse than their bite, you mean that they seem much more unpleasant or hostile than they really are.
to bite off more than one can chew:
If you say that someone has bitten off more than they can chew, you mean that they are trying to do something which is too difficult for them.
it's better to be safe than sorry better safe than sorry:
If you say ' it's better to be safe than sorry ', you are advising someone to take action in order to avoid possible unpleasant consequences later, even if this seems unnecessary .
more/greater than the sum of its parts:
If you say that something is more than the sum of its parts or greater than the sum of its parts, you mean that it is better than you would expect from the individual parts, because the way they combine adds a different quality.
something has more holes than Swiss cheese:
said to mean that something, such as an argument or theory, has so many flaws that it cannot be taken seriously
there's more than one way to skin a cat:
there are several ways to achieve something
there's more to something than meets the eye:
said to mean that something is more complicated or more involved than it appears to be at first
there's more to this than meets the eye:
You say ' there's more to this than meets the eye ' when you think a situation is not as simple as it seems to be.
have more things than you can shake a stick at:
to have a very large number of a particular thing
his or her bark is worse than his or her bite:
he or she is bad-tempered but harmless
have done something more than someone has had hot dinners:
to have done something a great number of times
more...than you could shake a stick at more things than you can shake a stick at:
If you say that there are more things than you could or can shake a stick at, you are emphasizing in a humorous way that there are a lot of them.