small stuff

noun

Definition of small stuff 

: small rope (such as spun yarn or marline) usually identified by the number of threads or yarns which it contains

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But small stuff aside, this is a vehicle that deserves attention. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Review: Jaguar XF Sportbrake updates the station wagon," 27 Apr. 2018 The personal outweighs the structural, and the small stuff triumphs over the big. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Brett Kavanaugh, Jim Jordan, and the Fog of the Partisan," 13 July 2018 Facebook launched some new features — smaller stuff like goofy augmented reality face masks for Instagram, and bigger stuff, like a new dating service and the Oculus Go headset. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Despite all of the Cambridge Analytica drama, Facebook’s F8 still felt like F8," 2 May 2018 In the wide-open canvas of a career, nearly all of it amounts to small stuff. Richard Deitsch, SI.com, "Media Circus: 22 Well-Known Sports Media Members Give Advice to Their Younger Selves," 12 Mar. 2018 There are four compartments in total: a sleeve for your passport, slots for two credit cards, and a spot for miscellaneous small stuff, like tickets and receipts. Tiffany Yannetta, GQ, "Yes, You Need a Passport Holder," 20 Mar. 2018 Even for people with a propensity to sweat the small stuff, psychologists say, there are strategies to help regulate their emotions. Jennifer Breheny Wallace, Washington Post, "Even the small stresses of daily life can hurt your health, but attitude can make a difference," 3 Mar. 2018 And that was the small stuff, the petty offenses; as swiftly excused as are improper tenses. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "'A Christmas in need of coal' | A holiday poem from Tim Sullivan," 24 Dec. 2017 Second, with a connected smartphone in every pocket, passengers expect instant communication and instant service to get the small stuff right. Samuel Engel, Fortune, "Commentary: An Airline Just for Millennials? Bad Idea.," 12 Dec. 2017

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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