Drop in the Bucket

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An extremely little, unimportant amount

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  • One little drop of water cannot be compared with all the water in a tub or bucket as it is insufficient. Similarly, a small amount of money or other things do nothing when compared with the total we need.  
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They’ve saved 2 years to buy a new home, but they still have only a drop in the bucket.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Drop in the Bucket':

drop in the bucketAn effort or action having very little overall influence, especially as compared to a huge problem.
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