give a little

give a little

1. To contribute a small amount of something, typically money, to some thing or cause. We all gave a little so that Sue could buy a birthday present from all of us for the boss.
2. To move or yield when physical pressure is applied. Be careful standing on the floor over there, it's liable to give a little.
3. To yield or concede on a position to a small degree Why do you have to argue with me about everything? Can't you just give a little?
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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.
See also: give, little