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a little

1. noun A small amount. A: "Do you want dessert?" B: "I'll just have a little since I'm still pretty full from dinner."
2. adjective Slightly. I'm a little tired after going to the gym, but I can still meet you for dinner, don't worry!
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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.
See also: little
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a little

Somewhat; a bit: felt a little better.
See also: little
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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