[ adverb ] to a small degree; somewhat
"it's a bit warm" "felt a little better" "a trifle smaller"
Used in print(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)
A Georgia soldier gave his wife the following description of the cause and consequence of diarrhoea : `` I have bin a_little sick with diorah two or three days .(Helen Hooven Santmyer, "There Were Fences"...)
The part of the mind that preserves dates and events may remonstrate , `` It could have been like that for only a_little while '' ; but true memory does not count nor add : it holds fast to things that were and they are outside of time .(Randall Stewart, "A Little History, a Little Honesty: A...)
The cliche loses its talismanic virtue in the light of a_little history .
He seemed a_little surprised that it should have caused any particular trouble anywhere .
Our Northern brethren also I believe felt a_little tender under those censures ; for though their people had very few slaves themselves , yet they had been pretty considerable carriers of them to others '' .