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     ( small fry    plural  ) Small fry is used to refer to someone or something that is considered to be unimportant.      n-uncount   also N in pl  
What they owe to the Inland Revenue is small fry compared to the overall £1.2 million debt...     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
small     ( smaller    comparative)   ( smallest    superlative  )
1       adj   A small person, thing, or amount of something is not large in physical size.,   (Antonym: large)    She is small for her age..., The window was far too small for him to get through..., Stick them on using a small amount of glue.     
  smallness      n-uncount  
  (Antonym: largeness)   
Amy had not mentioned the smallness and bareness of Luis's home.     
2       adj   A small group or quantity consists of only a few people or things.,   (Antonym: large)    A small group of students meets regularly to learn Japanese..., Guns continued to be produced in small numbers.     
3       adj   A small child is a very young child.   (=young, little)  
I have a wife and two small children..., What were you like when you were small?     
4       adj   You use small to describe something that is not significant or great in degree.   (=minor)     (Antonym: major)    It's quite easy to make quite small changes to the way that you work..., No detail was too small to escape her attention...     
5       adj   Small businesses or companies employ a small number of people and do business with a small number of clients.  
...shops, restaurants and other small businesses...     
6       adj   If someone makes you look or feel small, they make you look or feel stupid or ashamed.  
v-link ADJ  
This may just be another of her schemes to make me look small...     
7       n-sing   The small of your back is the bottom part of your back that curves in slightly.  
the N of n  
Place your hands on the small of your back and breathe in.     
    the small hours  
    small wonder  

small ad        ( small ads    plural  ) Thesmall ads in a newspaper are short advertisements in which you can advertise something such as an object for sale or a room to let.      n-count   usu the N in pl  
Prospective buyers should study the small ads in the daily newspaper.     
small arms     
Small arms are guns that are light and easy to carry.      n-plural  
The two sides exchanged small arms fire for about three hours.     
small beer     
If you say that something is small beer, you mean that it is unimportant in comparison with something else.  
  (BRIT)      n-uncount   (=peanuts)  
Such roles are small beer compared with the fame she once enjoyed.     
small change     
Small change is coins of low value.      n-uncount  
She was counting out 30p, mostly in small change, into my hand.     
small fry        ( small fry    plural  ) Small fry is used to refer to someone or something that is considered to be unimportant.      n-uncount   also N in pl  
What they owe to the Inland Revenue is small fry compared to the overall £1.2 million debt...     
small hours     
If something happens in thesmall hours, it happens soon after midnight, in the very early morning.      n-plural   usu in the N, oft N of n  
They were arrested in the small hours of Saturday morning.     
If you say that someone is small-minded, you are critical of them because they have fixed opinions and are unwilling to change them or to think about more general subjects.      adj  
...their small-minded preoccupation with making money.     
small print     
Thesmall print of a contract or agreement is the part of it that is written in very small print. You refer to it as thesmall print especially when you think that it might include unfavourable conditions which someone might not notice or understand.      n-uncount   usu the N   (=fine print)  
Read the small print in your contract to find out exactly what you are insured for.     
A small-scale activity or organization is small in size and limited in extent.      adj   usu ADJ n     (Antonym: large-scale)    ...the small-scale production of farmhouse cheeses in Devon.     
small screen     
When people talk about the small screen, they are referring to television, in contrast to films that are made for the cinema.      n-sing   usu the N     (Antonym: big screen)    Now he is also to become a star of the small screen...     
small talk     
Small talk is polite conversation about unimportant things that people make at social occasions.      n-uncount  
Smiling for the cameras, the two men strained to make small talk.     
If you refer to workers or businesses as small-time, you think they are not very important because their work is limited in extent or not very successful.      adj  
  (Antonym: big-time)   
...small time drug dealers.     
small town     
in BRIT, also use smalltown     
Small town is used when referring to small places, usually in the United States, where people are friendly, honest, and polite, or to the people there. Small town is also sometimes used to suggest that someone has old-fashioned ideas.  
  (mainly AM)      adj   usu ADJ n idealized small-town America of neat, middle-class homes...     

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    diminutive, immature, Lilliputian, little, mini, miniature, minute, petite, pint-sized     (informal)   pocket-sized, puny, pygmy or pigmy, slight, teensy-weensy, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, undersized, wee, young  
2    insignificant, lesser, minor, negligible, paltry, petty, trifling, trivial, unimportant  
3    inadequate, inconsiderable, insufficient, limited, meagre, measly, scant, scanty  
4    humble, modest, small-scale, unpretentious  
5    base, grudging, illiberal, mean, narrow, petty, selfish  
6    make (someone) feel small      chagrin, disconcert, humble, humiliate, make (someone) look foolish, mortify, put down     (slang)   show up     (informal)   take down a peg or two     (informal)  
1    ample, big, colossal, enormous, great, huge, immense, massive, mega     (slang)   sizable or sizeable, stellar     (informal)   vast  
2    appreciable, important, major, powerful, serious, significant, urgent, vital, weighty  
3    considerable, generous, substantial  
4    grand, large-scale  

bigoted, envious, grudging, hidebound, intolerant, mean, narrow-minded, petty, rigid, ungenerous  
   broad-minded, far-sighted, generous, liberal, open, open-minded, tolerant, unbigoted  
insignificant, minor, no-account     (U.S. informal)   of no account, of no consequence, petty, piddling     (informal)   unimportant  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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small handbag without handles
small unmeasured amount usually applied to a solid
used widely in Australia
a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet
[Med.];[Slang] "vit" is slang for "pill"
a usually small, unintended defecation that occurs when one generally just intended to fart
[Slang] Contraction of shit and fart ex: I let one rip just thinking it would be a "silent but deadly" but it turned out to be a damned unintended shart! The good news is that only my boxer was wrecked!
a small digital image or icon used to express or convey an idea, a mood or an emotion in electronic communication. It's a loanword from japoneese coming from e 'picture'+ moji 'letter, character'.
[Internet] Althoug being coincidental, the resemblance of the term 'emoji' to the english word 'emoticon' (a facial expression composed of keyboard characters, such as :-)) helps its memorability. 😊
After gay bum sex, a 'Denby' is a small piece of poo left on the cock, from an unclean anus.
[US];[UK] Jeff looked down and felt himself almost puke after withdrawing from his partners ass, he spotted a big brown Denby left on his small cock.
inclined to bring forward small faults; made to confuse in argument
In civil engineering, a headwall is a small retaining wall placed at the inlet or outlet of a stormwater pipe or culvert.
a small group of people or things within a much larger group
There are a lot of national minorities in my home country (Denmark). We have a lot of people from Poland, Somalia etc.
A small invertebrate animal such as an insect or spider
[UK] [informal] Ex.: Don't be afraid; these minibeasts won't devour the big one you are!
A small business that is typically owned and run by members of a family
A small short-term loan, with very high interest rates, that the borrower promises to repay on or near the next payday. Used by wage earners who run short of cash before payday. Payday lending is an established form of lending in the US and Canada.
Also: payday advance, overnight loan.
1. a package containing food, clothes or other items that the receiver has difficulties in procuring by himself; 2. a package containing small gifts for close persons
used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can in the end help things get better
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