spit in the ocean

spit in the ocean

An inconsequential amount. The image is a single expelled moist mouthful being nothing compared to the entirely watery content of the Atlantic or Pacific. A similar phrase is “a drop in the bucket.”
See also: ocean, spit
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That's spit in the ocean when they're throwing a million dollars at ballplayers,'' Kubski said, mindful that his employers, the Braves, are among the clubs that haven't come through.
The amount of assets we were dealing with was a spit in the ocean compared to the trillions passing through major financial institutions, and yet we were subject to many of the same stringent regulations in safeguarding that money.