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little end

noun (Brit)
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
the bearing surface between the smaller end of a connecting rod and the gudgeon pin
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  • He braced up after that, but it was too late, and the Giants had to take the little end of the score.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King Lester Chadwick
  • To proceed with what zeale you began, or what you began can come to little end.

  • In the fall the battles of the spring are fought over again, beginning at the other or little end of the series.

    A Year in the Fields John Burroughs
  • Such had been the way in which Lady Arabella had got in the little end of the wedge.

    Doctor Thorne Anthony Trollope
  • Well tack a little end of the wood to the bottom of the leg, called Joan, excitedly.

    Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • It's freedom, not money, I want; as a means to my little end.

    Foe-Farrell Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • 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
  • Talking's the little end of the horn in my profession, despite tradition.

    The Half-Back Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Set the pan down and put the egg in the water, little end down and let it float.

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

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