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little people

noun
1.
(in folklore) small, imaginary beings, as elves, fairies, or leprechauns.
2.
the common people, especially workers, small merchants, or the like, who lead conventional, presumably unremarkable lives.
3.
small children.
4.
midgets or dwarfs.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30
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  • They are neither little people nor dogs nor something in between, and they do not prosper if kept in the human world.
  • As technology gets cheaper, the little people can afford it.
  • He believes he can take little people and pull them into big ones.
  • In spite of their downsized brains, the little people apparently had sophisticated technology.
  • There is little people can do to protect themselves.
  • Some of the little people fainted because they were closer to the steam.
  • Small, fast, flexible steps remain the trade of the little people.
  • That's particularly true if your goal is to rear little people who take an intelligent and nuanced approach to race.
  • These are simply protests--a voice for the little people.
  • How sad to give it up to this new programing, little people are being swallowed up.
British Dictionary definitions for little people

little people

plural noun
1.
(folklore) small supernatural beings, such as elves, pixies, or leprechauns
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Contemporary definitions for little people
noun

ordinary people with little power; common people

noun

people of small stature; midgets

noun

small supernatural beings

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Encyclopedia Article for little people

midget

in human anatomy, a person of very small stature whose bodily proportions, intelligence, and sexual development are within the normal range. Diminutive stature occurs sporadically in families the rest of whose members are of ordinary size. The children of midgets are usually of ordinary height and proportions. This term is often considered pejorative; the term proportionate dwarf is now preferred. See dwarfism; Pygmy.

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