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little end

noun (Brit)
1.
Also called (in vertical engines) top end. the smaller end of a connecting rod in an internal-combustion engine or reciprocating pump Compare big end
2.
the bearing surface between the smaller end of a connecting rod and the gudgeon pin
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  • To proceed with what zeale you began, or what you began can come to little end.

  • And if you cut under my estimate you will come out at the little end of the horn.

    The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
  • Such had been the way in which Lady Arabella had got in the little end of the wedge.

    Doctor Thorne

    Anthony Trollope
  • It's freedom, not money, I want; as a means to my little end.

    Foe-Farrell Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • They always come out the little end o' the horn; I dunno why it is.

    Seventeen Booth Tarkington
  • Talking's the little end of the horn in my profession, despite tradition.

    The Half-Back

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • I did not expect to come out of the little end of the horn in this way.

  • Only then it was out of the little end of the horn, and now it's out of the big.

    The Real Adventure

    Henry Kitchell Webster
  • It was felt that the stranger had bluffed for all he was worth, and that Garotte had come out "at the little end of the horn."

  • If you are, you can bear two things in mind: One is, that you will come out at the little end of the horn, just as you did before.

    No Moss Harry Castlemon

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