little by little

adverb

Definition of little by little

: by small degrees or amounts : gradually

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Examples of little by little in a Sentence

little by little, we pieced together the jigsaw puzzle
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First Known Use of little by little

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of little by little was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

30 Jul 2022

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“Little by little.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/little%20by%20little. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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