the little matter of (something)

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the little matter of (something)

Said in reference to a rather large or important issue that has not yet been completed or addressed. A: "Thank you for your services, Jennings. My valet will show you out." B: "Thank you, sir. However, there is still the little matter of my pay for the last three months."
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But I can't think that you, who refuse me a little matter now.
Armand Moncharmin at the moment when they were deciding "to look into that little matter of Box Five."
"You see how very important the little matter of coal is, and by as much as you learn of this little matter you will become that much better a workman--more valuable to us, more valuable to yourself.
Is there any other order, sir, that I can take a note of, besides this little matter of Mr Richard?'
She might very well think we should not put up such a business without some satisfaction, and the law would have cost her an infinite deal more than this poor little matter, which I wonder you would take." "You are always so bloodily wise," quoth the husband: "it would have cost her more, would it?
"My dear sir--" he always addressed Archer as "sir"--"I have sent for you to go into a little matter; a matter which, for the moment, I prefer not to mention either to Mr.
Chizzle, Mizzle, and otherwise have lapsed into a habit of vaguely promising themselves that they will look into that outstanding little matter and see what can be done for Drizzle--who was not well used--when Jarndyce and Jarndyce shall be got out of the office.
Werper narrated all, save the little matter of the pouch of gems which were now tightly strapped about his waist, beneath his clothing.
The little matter of the caricature we will settle on a future occasion.
"Do you think," he asks, sternly, "'that I am fool enough to disturb the Master over his books for such a little matter as bringing you and your friend into this house?"
One little matter only dwelt on my mind disagreeably, in spite of my philosophy.
I've a little matter to attend to, Arthur," continued Mr.
In that up and down manly book of old-fashioned adventure, so full, too, of honest wonders --the voyage of Lionel Wafer, one of ancient Dampier's old chums --I found a little matter set down so like that just quoted from Langsdorff, that I cannot forbear inserting it here for a corroborative example, if such be needed.
'Blessed be the day and hour when I found you; cannot you contrive to let me into the sack for a little while?' Then the other answered, as if very unwillingly, 'A little space I may allow thee to sit here, if thou wilt reward me well and entreat me kindly; but thou must tarry yet an hour below, till I have learnt some little matters that are yet unknown to me.'
She was a great talker upon little matters, which exactly suited Mr.