give a little

give a little

 
1. Lit. to give a small amount of something, probably money. If every one will just give a little, we can have enough money to provide a nice Thanksgiving dinner for the needy.
2. Fig. to move a slight amount. When he pressed on the wall, it gave a little where the water had soaked in.
3. Fig. to yield a little bit on a point to someone. She is so stubborn. If she would just give a little, she could get more cooperation from other people.
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References in classic literature ?
There was no want of likeness, she had been fortunate in the attitude, and as she meant to throw in a little improvement to the figure, to give a little more height, and considerably more elegance, she had great confidence of its being in every way a pretty drawing at last, and of its filling its destined place with credit to them botha standing memorial of the beauty of one, the skill of the other, and the friendship of both; with as many other agreeable associations as Mr.
Joe's father would often come in and give a little help, as he understood the work; and Joe took a great deal of pains to learn, and John was quite encouraged about him.