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little by little

gradually, a little bit at a time. I earned enough money, little by little, to buy a car. Jimmy crawled, little by little, until he reached the door.
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ˌlittle by ˈlittle

slowly; gradually: Her English is improving little by little.Little by little she began to feel better.
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little by little

By small degrees or increments; gradually.
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Little by little the Holy Spirit would lead us into the whole truth.
Yes, the action still entails exposing the body, but small variations, introduced little by little over the years, have changed the meaning of the action.
But little by little they realized that our motivation was compassion.
Little by little, however, the stronger drained the resources of the weaker, leaving it cold and underweight.
For an uproarious tango sequence where McGrath, a wisecracking wonder in the role of a zany hotel manager, attempts to enamor a grande dame played by Celia Tackaberry (a Margaret Dumont look-alike), Sabellico, working with an assistant, "laid down a framework--a very loose ground plan" and little by little the routines evolved.
2 : to bring or get in little by little or in a secret way <He insinuated himself into the group.
He had such personality and energy which he brought to the group and sadly players like him are disappearing little by little.
Little by little, often with Nelly's creative problem solving, conditions improve and finally they reach Canada.
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Since that ruling, opponents have chipped away at it little by little.
And little by little over the years the death penalty has been abolished in most countries except the United States.
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But, little by little, the Internet as an entertainment medium will battle its way into the future.
to put into the mind little by little <Patience with the ways of nature had been instilled in her by her father.