So my tough-as-nails wife donned the bullet proof vest of perhaps the smallest member of the Tucson Police Department.
That is the core problem, but the Obama administration is only dealing with one aspect of it, and in the smallest way possible.
Because the fact of the matter is the Today show part is really, in a way, the smallest part in the great 34-hour scheme of it.
“There was still no pulse, not even the smallest bit,” Johnson says.
He had control over even the smallest detail and most likely would have told his subordinate what to do.
The common pigeon is about the size of the smallest bantam fowls.
I would not let the smallest child stroke his father's beard roughly.
What romantic element is there in such a tale as yours to excite the smallest fragment of interest?
And when I had recovered them all, even to the smallest, I took my treasure home.
The smallest amount of heat is so disposed as to accomplish the largest result.
Old English smæl "thin, slender, narrow; fine," from Proto-Germanic *smal- "small animal; small" (cf. Old Saxon, Danish, Swedish, Middle Dutch, Dutch, Old High German smal, Old Frisian smel, German schmal "narrow, slender," Gothic smalista "smallest," Old Norse smali "small cattle, sheep"), perhaps from a PIE root *(s)melo- "smaller animal" (cf. Greek melon, Old Irish mil "a small animal;" Old Church Slavonic malu "bad"). Original sense of "narrow" now almost obsolete, except in reference to waistline and intestines.
My sister ... is as white as a lilly, and as small as a wand. [Shakespeare, "Two Gentlemen of Verona," 1591]Sense of "not large, of little size" developed in Old English. Of children, "young," from mid-13c. Meaning "inferior in degree or amount" is from late 13c. Meaning "trivial, unimportant" is from mid-14c. Sense of "having little property or trade" is from 1746. That of "characterized by littleness of mind or spirit, base, low, mean" is from 1824. As an adverb by late 14c.
early 13c., "small person or animal," from small (adj.). From c.1300 as "persons of low rank" (opposed to great); late 15c. as "the small part" of something (e.g. small of the back, 1530s).