a drop in the ocean

Definition of a drop in the ocean

British, 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 pounds for this project, so our 20-pound donation is just a drop in the ocean.

Word by Word Definitions

  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

  1. :  the whole body of salt water that covers nearly three fourths of the surface of the earth

    :  any of the large bodies of water (such as the Atlantic Ocean) into which the great ocean is divided

    :  a very large or unlimited space or quantity

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a trip made at another's expense

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