a little

1) a small amount

We managed to save a little money.

With a little luck, you might write the next best-seller!

just a little:

She needs some help – just a little, anyway.

a little (bit) of something:

Mix in a little of the flour to make the liquid thicker.

Doesn't Helen speak a little bit of Chinese?

a little (bit) more/less:

I reckon I have a little more patience than you.

I wish there was a little bit less noise around here.

2) to a small degree

The whole situation makes me a little nervous.

I held her a little closer.

She was a little disappointed with the job.

a little bit:

This may be a little bit painful.

3) for a short time

You should rest a little.

a little bit:

Come and talk with me for a little bit.


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