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little man

noun, (sometimes initial capital letters)
1.
the common or ordinary person.
2.
Informal. the small, ordinary investor, as opposed to big investment institutions.
Origin of little man
1930-1935
1930-35
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  • "Never even made a try, apparently," said the little man opposite.

    Air Men o' War Boyd Cable
  • The little man broke off suddenly and glanced towards the door.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Buck was staring at the little man in town clothes, over by the window.

    The Draw Jerome Bixby
  • "That little man knows just how to get an effect," said Hinde.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • "Break him in like a frisky colt, little man bach," said Anna to the farmer.

    My Neighbors Caradoc Evans
  • Yet he did exactly as the little man in the red cloak had so politely asked him.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • "Now, my little man," she said, taking his fork and lifting a piece of the turkey to his mouth.

    Cast Adrift T. S. Arthur
British Dictionary definitions for little man

little man

noun
1.
a man of no importance or significance
2.
(Brit) a tradesman or artisan operating on a small scale
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