a drop in the bucket

Definition of a drop in the bucket

US, informal
: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

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

  2. : a dose of medicine measured by drops

  3. : a minute quantity or degree of something nonmaterial or intangible

  1. : to fall in drops

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

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

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

  2. : something resembling a bucket: such as

  3. : the scoop of an excavating machine

  1. : to draw or lift in buckets

  2. : to ride (a horse) hard

  3. : to drive hurriedly or roughly


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