little frog in a big pond

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little frog in a big pond

Also, small frog in a large pond. An unimportant or unqualified individual in a large organization or other setting. For example, Coming from a small school, Sandy felt lost at the state universitya little frog in a big pond. This phrase is the counterpart of big fish in a small pond.

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