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little man

noun, (sometimes initial capital letters)
the common or ordinary person.
Informal. the small, ordinary investor, as opposed to big investment institutions.
Origin of little man
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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

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