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For example, if a guy tells another that "My hair is not much spikier than yours". Does it mean:

  1. Both their hairs are about the same spikiness
  2. The first guy's hair is little less spikier

I know the meaning of the sentence without adding the "much" but adding it kinda confuses me.

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"My hair is not much spikier than yours" concedes that my hair is spikier than yours, but claims it isn't much spikier.
That amounts to "My hair is only a little bit spikier than yours."

Preceding the word "much", the negation "not" applies to it. It doesn't apply to "spikier".

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This sounds like a response to "Your hair is spiky"

A bit like "You're ugly" "Not much more ugly than you"

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