little man


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little man

n
1. a man of no importance or significance
2. Brit a tradesman or artisan operating on a small scale
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lit′tle man`


n.
(sometimes caps.)
the common or ordinary person.
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References in classic literature ?
'Well, my dear Sir, well,' said the little man, still detaining him;
Then a little man jumped out of the basket, took off his tall hat, and bowed very gracefully to the crowd of Mangaboos around him.
The wizened-looking little man came and watched them benevolently, peering every now and then through his spectacles, and applauding mildly any particularly good stroke.
'Why you see,' rejoined the little man, 'we're putting up for to-night at the public-house yonder, and it wouldn't do to let 'em see the present company undergoing repair.'
When the time came the mother harnessed the horse to the cart, and put Tom into his ear; and as he sat there the little man told the beast how to go, crying out, 'Go on!' and 'Stop!' as he wanted: and thus the horse went on just as well as if the woodman had driven it himself into the wood.
When it ceased, as abruptly as it had started, the be-spectacled, dingy little man who faced Ossipon behind a heavy glass mug full of beer emitted calmly what had the sound of a general proposition.
The Tin Woodman, raising his axe, rushed toward the little man and cried out, "Who are you?"
The little man flung this challenge forth to the whole group, then leaned back in his deck chair, sipping lemonade with an air commingled of certitude and watchful belligerence.
"What about you, my love?" asked the Little Man, turning politely to Pinocchio.
Combined with this was his sympathy and tact, and Daylight could note easily enough all the earmarks that distinguished him from a little man of the Holdsworthy caliber.
The little man gripped the rail and held on to his cap with the other hand.
The parents laughed at the little man's words, but did not believe him for a moment.