Some examples with "the more":

But some of those kids can hardly read or write! All the more reason why they should get the best education on offer.

The more is the better. (But that example is comparative correlative construction. It's somehow understandable case).

What's the meaning of this article? What's the difference between "the more" and just "more" ?

And why is the article used without a noun?

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    It's a fixed expression. You took this passage from Macmillan Dictionary which says it's used for emphasising the reason. Apr 7, 2021 at 12:23
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    It's a "fixed" construction. Taught to native speakers at a very early age, with one specific example being what The Big Bad Wolf says to Little Red Riding Hood when she (thinking he is her grandmother) says "Grandma! What big teeth you've got!" Whereupon The Big Bad Wolf leaps out of grannie's bed shouting "All the better to EAT you with!" The construction may have been repeated any number of times immediately before that with what big legs / ears / eyes ... All the better to run / hear / see / ..., so it's well and truly "learned by rote". Apr 7, 2021 at 13:13


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