a drop in the ocean

noun phrase

Definition of a drop in the ocean

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

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“A drop in the ocean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20drop%20in%20the%20ocean. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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