little old


A modifier used to make someone or something seem harmless, unimportant, or inconsequential. You think little-old me could have stolen your money? Why, don't be absurd! A: "We'd prefer if Tommy didn't have any sugar." B: "Not even a little-old piece of cake? It's a birthday party, for crying out loud!"

little old someone or something

ordinary; harmless. (Said to downplay or minimize the importance of something.) Aw, honey, I wasn't gambling. I just went to one little old poker game. Charlie: Did you eat that whole chocolate cake that I was saving for the party? Jane: Little old me?
See also: little, old
References in classic literature ?
But the little old woman walked up to Dorothy, made a low bow and said, in a sweet voice:
Talk of your German universities,' said the little old man.
His thoughts reverting from this occupation to the little old gentleman who had given him the shilling, he suddenly recollected that that was the very day--nay, nearly the very hour--at which the little old gentleman had said he should be at the Notary's house again.
As I approached it I saw that it was the dead and mummified remains of a little old woman with long black hair, and the thing it leaned over was a small charcoal burner upon which rested a round copper vessel containing a small quantity of greenish powder.
He is an exceedingly puffy little old gentleman, with big circular eyes and a huge double chin.
At the words, the door opened and a dapper little old man came in.
When the little boy was about six years of age a strange man came to their attic home to visit the little old woman.
The little old lady's hearing was remarkably quick.
The little old priest in his ecclesiastical cap, with his long silvery-gray locks of hair parted behind his ears, was fumbling with something at the lectern, putting out his little old hands from under the heavy silver vestment with the gold cross on the back of it.
My little old man and I fell out, How shall we bring this matter about?
The little old grey man met him likewise, and asked him for a piece of cake and a drink of wine.
Kwaque queried back, taking for granted that it was an offer to exchange and wondering whether the little old cook had become enamoured of his precious jews' harp.
This was an amazing little old woman, with a face like a staring wooden doll too cheap for expression, and a stiff yellow wig perched unevenly on the top of her head, as if the child who owned the doll had driven a tack through it anywhere, so that it only got fastened on.
And two little old ladies, who were sitting further up the table, with shawls hanging over the backs of the chairs, looked back, clearly indicating "We are not; we are genteel.
She came to a little old house with a great deal of grass growing round, and stood in front of a little heap of wood.