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little man

noun, (sometimes initial capital letters)
the common or ordinary person.
Informal. the small, ordinary investor, as opposed to big investment institutions.
Origin of little man
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Never even made a try, apparently," said the little man opposite.

    Air Men o' War Boyd Cable
  • The excitement of his triumph had evidently steadied the little man's nerves.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • Buck was staring at the little man in town clothes, over by the window.

    The Draw Jerome Bixby
  • At last Jack caught sight of a little man, urging on his companions.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • "Break him in like a frisky colt, little man bach," said Anna to the farmer.

    My Neighbors Caradoc Evans
  • “Do not disquiet yourself so much, my friend,” answered the little man.

    The Oriental Story Book Wilhelm Hauff
  • "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

a man of no importance or significance
(Brit) a tradesman or artisan operating on a small scale
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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