a drop in the bucket

Definition of a drop in the bucket

US, informal

  1. :  an amount that is so small that it does not make an important difference or have much effect They need to raise thousands of dollars for this project, so our 20-dollar donation is just a drop in the bucket.

Word by Word Definitions

dropplay
  1. :  the quantity of fluid that falls in one spherical mass

    :  a dose of medicine measured by drops

    :  a minute quantity or degree of something nonmaterial or intangible

  1. :  to fall in drops

    :  to fall (see 1fall 1a) unexpectedly or suddenly

    :  to descend (see descend 1) from one line or level to another

bucketplay
  1. :  a typically cylindrical vessel for catching, holding, or carrying liquids or solids

    :  something resembling a bucket: such as

    :  the scoop of an excavating machine

  1. :  to draw or lift in buckets

    :  to ride (a horse) hard

    :  to drive hurriedly or roughly


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