little man

noun

Definition of little man 

: the ordinary individual

Examples of little man in a Sentence

claims that the wind farm would benefit only its developers and that the little man would get nothing out of it

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The pair infamously feuded at certain points of the season, with Conte calling the ex-Blues boss a 'little man' after the Portuguese brought up the match-fixing scandal that left him banned for several months. SI.com, "Antonio Conte Describes His Relationship With Jose Mourinho Ahead of FA Cup Final," 19 May 2018 More physical play, and volunteer referee Javier Mascherano is quick to point out that’s a couple times the little man has been bodied already. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Messi Exits the World Cup. Hours Later, So Does Ronaldo.," 1 July 2018 But my little man was calm, collected and so brave. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Boy severely bitten in face by dog has first of several reconstructive surgeries," 26 June 2018 These two kids were total strangers and the little girl just scooped her little man's hand right into hers! Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Heartwarming photo of kids who met on an airplane goes viral, and now they've been reunited," 15 May 2018 Animosity between Dortmund and Leipzig has formed largely due to the ideology of the little man taking on the big corporate giant and fans have clashed in previous Bundesliga fixtures among anti-commercialisation protests. SI.com, "Borussia Dortmund Ban Half-and-Half Scarves for Red Bull Salzburg Game to 'Combat Commercialisation'," 3 Mar. 2018 Just as Reb Berish began to recite the Thirteen Principles of Faith, Melnik entered the room: a little man whose face was yellowed as if by jaundice and whose head bore only a few stray strands of black and gray hair. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "The Boarder," 30 Apr. 2018 In a darkened room at a restaurant table set with empty, shiny white dinner plates, a little man about the size of my thumb suddenly appears plate-side to prepare dessert. David G. Molyneaux, miamiherald, "There's a food fight among premium cruise lines, and Celebrity is seeking an Edge | Miami Herald," 19 Apr. 2018 Mercer ends the book holding a drone that’s carrying a live feed back to the little man momentarily occupying the White House. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "WW #98: A dark comic comfort in unsure political times," 17 Apr. 2018

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1707, in the meaning defined above

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