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a little

1. A small amount, as in Will you have some more meat? Yes, just a little. [Early 1400s]
2. Somewhat or rather, slightly, as in I am a little annoyed with Harry. [Late 1300s] For a synonym, see a bit.
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a little

Somewhat; a bit: felt a little better.
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References in classic literature ?
Little Dorrit said, after considering a little, that she used to hear long ago of Mr Tite Barnacle as a man of great power.
He stood still, looking out across the moonlight, his head a little raised and his ears spread like fans, up to the great folds of the Garo hills.
What other children could have made anything so like a little girl's figure out of snow at the first trial?
When she lay down to sleep, and not before, I returned to my guardian to say good night, and then I came back to Ada and sat near her for a little while.
A bare room, cold as a barn, and on the bed a little dead, white face that almost broke my heart, it was so thin, so patient, and so young.
Sylvie (I found out her name afterwards) had knelt down, just as I was doing, to help the Beetle; but it needed more than a little stick for her to get it on its legs again; it was as much as she could do, with both arms, to roll the heavy thing over; and all the while she was talking to it, half scolding and half comforting, as a nurse might do with a child that had fallen down.
They would probably try to draw you a little way into its meshes.
I wish you could have got a little money out of him," Rawdon said to his wife moodily when the Baronet was gone.
Once or twice, if you will believe me, a little man was made chief ruler of the nation for no other merit in the world than bringing home such a feather.
What surpassed everything was that there was a little boy in the world who could have for the inferior age, sex, and intelligence so fine a consideration.
By this time she had found her way into a tidy little room with a table in the window, and on it (as she had hoped) a fan and two or three pairs of tiny white kid gloves: she took up the fan and a pair of the gloves, and was just going to leave the room, when her eye fell upon a little bottle that stood near the looking- glass.
Nearly two years later a little boy and girl came to them.
I'm not ungrateful--and perhaps--when this horrible ache grows a little less--I'll find that I can go on living.
Fentolin, in a black cape and black skull cap, sat a little forward in his electric carriage, with his hand upon the guiding lever.
As Pa bent his head, she cried over him a little, and then said (after having stopped to dry her eyes on his white waistcoat, the discovery of which incongruous circumstance made her laugh):