As Much Meaning

(with as) An emphatic, emphasizing smallness.

Example: Likewise, similarly, in a similar manner.
  I think she's fat, but when I said as much to her, she got very upset.
1921, Edwin Balmer, "Settled Down", in Everybody's Magazine, volume 44, number 2, February 1921, page 50 [1]:
  It's too damn foolish; why he as much as said so himself.
2005, Brigitte Goldstein, translator, Mr. Brecher's Fiasco, ISBN 0299214303, page 154 [2]:
  For as soon as he as much as took out his pince-nez to read the newspaper, the privy councilor's wife was his advance trumpeter, who sounded the fanfare and said, "Now Papa puts on his eyes."
Used other than as an idiom: see as,‎ much.