little by little


Definition of little by little

: by small degrees or amounts : gradually

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little by little, we pieced together the jigsaw puzzle
Recent Examples on the Web And as case numbers keep trending down, Martin said department leadership is looking at how to start opening back up, little by little. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Burning Man, motel vaccinations, eviction law help: News from around our 50 states," 28 Apr. 2021 But this week, little by little, those secrets start to eke out. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, "The Nevers Recap: Hold the Phone," 25 Apr. 2021 But there’s no denying that as the world reopens little by little, our minds reopen to possibilities. Mary Schmich,, "Column: Ready to go back to the gym? Eat inside a restaurant? Fly? Take our Pandemic Self-Assessment Quiz," 23 Apr. 2021 And then, little by little, things would develop into songs, and Joe Lynn Turner would come up with melodies. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, "Keyboardist David Rosenthal on His Years With Billy Joel, Ritchie Blackmore, and Cyndi Lauper," 21 Apr. 2021 Those moments of connection are returning, little by little, along with many of the other joys that make up a human life. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Post-Pandemic Beauty Boom Is Already Here," 7 Apr. 2021 Sections of it are patched with fresh plywood that she's replaced little by little. USA Today, "Rationing insulin. Skipping meals. One woman’s struggle to survive on minimum wage," 6 Apr. 2021 The other pitches have come in little by little, at different times in spring training. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, "Diamondbacks' Joakim Soria working his way through spring training toward bullpen role," 19 Mar. 2021 Be self confident and trust yourselves little by little through your lives. Cécilia Pelloux, Forbes, "Air France Celebrates International Women’s Day Everyday Day," 10 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of little by little

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2021

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“Little by little.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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