small stuff


Definition of small stuff

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

Examples of small stuff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sweat the right small stuff Setting aside EVs and solar panels, what about smaller consumer products? Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "How to shop without destroying the climate," 17 Dec. 2020 We may get bogged down in the small stuff during this transit, but instead should strive to use this energy to plan for the future. Venus Australis,, "Your Horoscope This Week," 6 Dec. 2020 Worrying about the small stuff exhausts people from focusing on things that do matter. Gregory Barber, Wired, "It’s Time to Talk About Covid-19 and Surfaces Again," 20 Oct. 2020 Four games into the Ravens' season, quarterback Lamar Jackson hasn’t had to sweat the small stuff. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is an elite passer. His deep-ball accuracy is still ‘a work in progress.’," 7 Oct. 2020 First, be attentive, observe details, pay attention to the small stuff, the nuances. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Why entrepreneurs should master ‘spontaneous management’," 5 Oct. 2020 Yes, that's weird but super small stuff often seems weird. Rhett Allain, Wired, "Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules—on a Whole 'Nother Planet," 26 Sep. 2020 Getting Conrad to pledge $100,000 for the New York Public Library was small stuff for Firyal. Barbara Amiel, Town & Country, "Lady Black's Revenge: An Explosive New Memoir Reveals the Fallout of a High Society Scandal," 20 Sep. 2020 But for the first time, someone leading a bank might know what the small stuff feels like. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "New Citi CEO Jane Fraser gives Wall Street banks a fresh perspective," 11 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of small stuff

1846, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jan 2021

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“Small stuff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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