little man

noun

Definition of little man

: the ordinary individual

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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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But after that McDonald, 31, the only mom of 23 athletes on the U.S. World Cup Team, had a very special little man to celebrate with. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "U.S. World Cup's only soccer team mom dedicates win to son: 'We did it, bud!!!'," 7 July 2019 This was a side that enjoyed unparalleled success and much of it would have been impossible without the little man. SI.com, "Lionel Messi: His 32 Greatest Moments on His 32nd Birthday," 24 June 2019 His own warm, private moments, the little man on the bottle of Johnnie Walker. Leila Aboulela, Harper's magazine, "Whisky Lullaby," 10 Jan. 2019 Then, a surprise: The little man bumps his head against one of the hovering bricks, which flexes upward and then snaps back down as if spring-loaded, propelling the man earthward onto the approaching angry mushroom and flattening it instantly. Quanta Magazine, "Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious," 19 Sep. 2017 At each place on the table, the animated little man in red scarf and chef’s hat heaves a scoop of ice cream, flips berries with his spoon, shoots chocolate sauce from a firehose, and lights a celebratory candle before slipping away. David G. Molyneaux, miamiherald, "There's a food fight among premium cruise lines, and Celebrity is seeking an Edge | Miami Herald," 19 Apr. 2018 The illustration by Jenny Nyström depicted a little man with a white beard and red cap, creating the popular modern image of the Christmas elf. Regina Hansen, WSJ, "The Ancient Magic of Elves," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of little man

1707, in the meaning defined above

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