(a) drop in the bucket

(a) drop in the bucket
a ˌdrop in the ˈocean idiom
(BrE) (NAmE a ˌdrop in the ˈbucket) an amount of sth that is too small or unimportant to make any real difference to a situation

The amount of money raised was a drop in the ocean compared to what we needed.

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  • drop in the bucket — (USA) A drop in the bucket is something so small that it won t make any noticeable difference …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • drop in the bucket — [n] small amount bit, drop in the ocean*, not enough, pittance, small change*, small potatoes*, small quantity, speck, trivial amount; concept 831 …   New thesaurus

  • drop in the bucket — {n. phr.} A relatively small amount; a small part of the whole. * /Our university needs several million dollars for its building renovation project; $50,000 is a mere drop in the bucket./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • drop in the bucket — {n. phr.} A relatively small amount; a small part of the whole. * /Our university needs several million dollars for its building renovation project; $50,000 is a mere drop in the bucket./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • drop in the bucket — noun An effort or action having very little overall influence, especially as compared to a huge problem. A $100 donation from an individual is generous, but it is a drop in the bucket compared to the $100,000 fundraising goal …   Wiktionary

  • drop\ in\ the\ bucket — n. phr. A relatively small amount; a small part of the whole. Our university needs several million dollars for its building renovation project; $50,000 is a mere drop in the bucket …   Словарь американских идиом

  • drop in the bucket — small amount The money he paid back was only a drop in the bucket compared to what he owes …   Idioms and examples

  • drop in the bucket — (USA)    A drop in the bucket is something so small that it won t make any noticeable difference.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • drop in the bucket — See a drop in the bucket …   English idioms

  • a drop in the bucket — ● drop * * * I see drop II a drop in the bucket (or Brit. ocean) a very small amount compared with what is needed or expected the $550 million is likely to be a drop in the bucket * * * a drop in the bucket see ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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