a little

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a little

  1. A small amount, as in Will you have some more meat? Yes, just a little. [Early 1400s]

  2. Somewhat or rather, slightly, as in I am a little annoyed with Harry. [Late 1300s] For a synonym, see a bit.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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