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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. 2017.
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  • "Never even made a try, apparently," said the little man opposite.

    Air Men o' War Boyd Cable
  • The excitement of his triumph had evidently steadied the little man's nerves.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • Buck was staring at the little man in town clothes, over by the window.

    The Draw Jerome Bixby
  • At last Jack caught sight of a little man, urging on his companions.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • "Break him in like a frisky colt, little man bach," said Anna to the farmer.

    My Neighbors Caradoc Evans
  • “Do not disquiet yourself so much, my friend,” answered the little man.

    The Oriental Story Book Wilhelm Hauff
  • "Now, my little man," she said, taking his fork and lifting a piece of the turkey to his mouth.

    Cast Adrift T. S. Arthur
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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