the little/small matter

Definition of the little/small matter

used in an ironic way to refer to a difficult situation or problem
  • He wants to buy a new car, but first there's the little/small matter of getting enough money to pay for it.

Word by Word Definitions

little play
  1. : not big: such as

  2. : small in size or extent : tiny

  3. : young

  1. : in only a small quantity or degree : slightly

  2. : not at all

  3. : rarely, infrequently

  1. : a small amount, quantity, or degree

  2. : a short time

  3. : a short distance

small play
  1. : having comparatively little size or slight dimensions

  2. : lowercase

  3. : minor in influence, power, or rank

  1. : in or into small pieces

  2. : without force or loudness

  3. : in a small manner

  1. : a part smaller and especially narrower than the remainder

  2. : small-sized products

  3. : smallclothes

matter play
  1. : a subject under consideration

  2. : a subject of disagreement or litigation

  3. : the events or circumstances of a particular situation

  1. : to form or discharge pus : suppurate

  2. : to be of importance : signify


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