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little man

noun, (sometimes initial capital letters)
1.
the common or ordinary person.
2.
Informal. the small, ordinary investor, as opposed to big investment institutions.
Origin of little man
1930-1935
First recorded in 1930-35
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  • She knew that the little man they called the doctor was really Mr. Hancock.

  • "I guess I'll go and get my coat on, Bill," said the little man heavily.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The little man broke off suddenly and glanced towards the door.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • "That little man knows just how to get an effect," said Hinde.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Yet he did exactly as the little man in the red cloak had so politely asked him.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • "But go and see that droll dog," the little man persisted, calling after him.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • He is a little man, born at Leyden in Holland; he was at Antwerp.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
British Dictionary definitions for little man

little man

noun
1.
a man of no importance or significance
2.
(Brit) a tradesman or artisan operating on a small scale
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