noun (sometimes initial capital letters)
the common or ordinary person.
Informal. the small, ordinary investor, as opposed to big investment institutions.
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- little leaguer's elbow,
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Origin of little man
First recorded in 1930–35
a novel (1871) by Louisa May Alcott.
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a man of no importance or significance
British a tradesman or artisan operating on a small scale
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