quite a little

Definitions

  • QUITE A LITTLE HOLIDAY
    QUITE A LITTLE HOLIDAY
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n quite a little (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent "a batch of letters","a deal of trouble","a lot of money","he made a mint on the stock market","see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos","it must have cost plenty","a slew of journalists","a wad of money"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Quite a little a good few: considerable
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Quotations

  • Robert Strauss
    Robert Strauss
    “It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired, you quit when the gorilla is tired.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Merely an adv. use of the adj. quit.

Usage

In literature:

In this way the print will stand handling quite a little.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Got somebody to bet on Silver Star at 25 to 1 and took quite a little chunk of money out of the ring.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
She will probably be quite glad to do a little teaching.
"The Carroll Girls" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
Remember, you've only known me quite a little time, and you can't be sure of me yet.
"People of Position" by Stanley Portal Hyatt
After that nothing happened for quite a little spell.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Quite a number gave her more than that sum, and she began to feel a very rich little girl, indeed.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
Her shoes, being of stuff, were so thoroughly soaked, in a little time, that they became quite heavy.
"The Fairchild Family" by Mary Martha Sherwood
He had saved quite a snug little sum, which he very prudently placed in the bank.
"Pretty Madcap Dorothy" by Laura Jean Libbey
Although it is quite a little further, it is a much prettier walk.
"A Dear Little Girl's Thanksgiving Holidays" by Amy E. Blanchard
He had a hard time getting back, for there was quite a little sea on.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
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In poetry:

Julian.
Since that day, Lilia, I have seen much, thought much,
Suffered a little. When you are quite yourself,
I'll tell you all you want to know about me.
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
"You'd find the bread improved, I think,
By getting better flour:
And have you anything to drink
That looks a LITTLE less like ink,
And isn't QUITE so sour?"
"Phantasmagoria Canto III ( Scarmoges )" by Lewis Carroll
Some works I find,--say Watts upon the Mind,--
No matter though at first they seemed amusing,
Not quite the same, but just a little tame
After some five or six times' reperusing.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Now, to write a sonnet, every one allows,
One must always be as quiet as a mouse;
But to write one seems to me
Quite superfluous to be,
When you 've got a little sonnet in the house.
"The Poet And The Baby" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
And Willie, my eldest born, is gone, you say, little Anne,
Ruddy and white, and strong on his legs, he looks like a man;
He was only fourscore years, quite young, when he died;
I ought to have gone before, but must wait for time and tide.
"An Attempt To Remember The "Grandmother's Apology"" by Horace Smith
I want yer dead straight griffen. Wuz we right?
Wuz it unneighborly to look 'im up
An' 'ave a little beano on the quite?....
Fer Grief an' 'im wuz cobbers on that night.
But there 'e sat, like 's if 'e'd taken root,
An' wouldn't play the flute.
"The Disagreeable Musician" by C J Dennis

In news:

One night when I was quite little my family was doing some laundry at a laundromat.
Although a bit camera shy in our studios, Frasier is quite the friendly and curious little guy.
It works quite well if a little cement is added to create a material referred to as soil-cement.
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A video of a little boy's visit to the lion exhibit at the Oregon Zoo has been getting quite a bit of attention.
Lady Gaga gave her Little Monsters quite a show in Rio de Janeiro.
Quite like a celebratory ice cream sundae, with a little bling up top.
If you need an invitation to quit smoking or a little encouragement this is the day.
They bloomed a little later but were otherwise quite normal.
Quitting, he fears, is just a little too close to dying.
When mom and dad work, finding care for the little ones, especially if the child is under the age of two can be a challenge and quite an expense.
A beehive in Apple Valley was recently tipped over, causing more than 100,000 bees to be disturbed from their home, and, quite possibly, making life a little dangerous for the perpetrators.
It's been quite a summer for Little Big Town.
It felt a little weird to admit it in print for the first time on B105's New Year's resolutions, but if I'm going to quit , I need to get the ball rolling.
Perched along Taft Highway on Signal Mountain, there's a little place -- not quite a shack, more of a cabin.
This down time offered me a new insight, or reminded me, that Fairmont is quite a busy little town.
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In science:

As far as my little knowledge is concerned, discussing the parity of a permutation group, that is, whether it is a subgroup of the alternating group, is a quite intriguing and at times rather challenging task.
Second maximal subgroups of the finite alternating and symmetric groups
In this connection, one should be ready that physical picture of the World arising at the output could have little in common with recently accepted one and that the real language of Nature might be quite different from that we have thought out for a more effective description of the observable phenomena.
Algbrodynamics over complex space and phase extension of the Minkowski geometry
The mathematics is quite elementary, so, after a brief presentation of the quantized electromagnetic field in Section 2, it will b e presented with relatively little motivation in Section 3, then the more delicate question of how to interpret the mathematics will be discussed in Section 4.
An empirically equivalent random field for the quantized electromagnetic field
For lp nug30, this can be explained by a lack of underlying geometrical structure: the visual representation of this matrix is a featureless blob from which little extra information can be obtained, resulting in quite bad permutations.
A Geometric Approach to Matrix Ordering
At the time I had little more to go on than the empirical observation that there were already quite a few duality theorems involving CH, e.g., those of Banaschewski, Morita, Gel’fand-Kolmogorov and Gel’fand-Na˘ımark, and none of them were of the right kind.
A Survey of Ultraproduct Constructions in General Topology
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