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Meaning of "a drop in the bucket" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF A DROP IN THE BUCKET

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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE A DROP IN THE BUCKET

a capella
a cappella
a chip off the old block
a closed book
a couple of
a cut above
a dime a dozen
a dog´s chance
a dog´s dinner
a dog´s life
a drowning man will clutch at a straw
a dusty answer
a fair crack of the whip
a far cry
a fast buck
a fine kettle of fish
a flea in one´s ear
a foot in the door
a fortiori
a free hand

WORDS THAT END LIKE A DROP IN THE BUCKET

bracket
bucket
cricket
gutbucket
ice bucket
jacket
kick the bucket
Nantucket
out of pocket
packet
pocket
racket
rocket
rust bucket
rustbucket
slop bucket
socket
ticket
trebucket
tucket

Synonyms and antonyms of a drop in the bucket in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «a drop in the bucket» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF A DROP IN THE BUCKET

Find out the translation of a drop in the bucket to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of a drop in the bucket from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «a drop in the bucket» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

于杯水车薪
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

una gota en el mar
570 millions of speakers

English

a drop in the bucket
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बाल्टी में एक बूंद
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

قطرة في دلو
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

капля в море
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

uma gota no oceano
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বালতি মধ্যে একটি ড্রপ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

une goutte d´eau
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Penurunan dalam baldi
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

ein Tropfen der Wanne
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

バケツの低下
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

버킷드롭
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Gulung ing ember
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

một thả trong xô
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வாளி ஒரு துளி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

बादली मध्ये एक ड्रॉप
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Kovada bir damla
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

una goccia nel mare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

kropla w morzu
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

крапля в морі
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

o picătură în găleată
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μια σταγόνα στον ωκεανό
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

´n druppel in die emmer
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

en droppe i havet
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

en dråpe i bøtta
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of a drop in the bucket

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «A DROP IN THE BUCKET»

The term «a drop in the bucket» is very widely used and occupies the 11.856 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «A DROP IN THE BUCKET» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about a drop in the bucket

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «A DROP IN THE BUCKET»

Discover the use of a drop in the bucket in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to a drop in the bucket and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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A Drop in the Bucket
In A Drop in the Bucket, Melissa Brown writes with sometimes brutal honesty about the challenges of living with depression. Her poems inspire compassion and understanding for those who suffer from mental illness.
Melissa Brown, 2005
2
Cracking Drupal: A Drop in the Bucket
The main goal of this guide is to explain how to write code that avoids an attack in the Drupal environment, while also addressing how to proceed if vulnerability has been spotted and then regain control of security.
Greg Knaddison, 2011
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A Drop in the Bucket
Incorporating vignettes, interviews, and excerpts from letters, "A Drop in the Bucket: The Joys, Sorrows, and Horrors of Medical Missions" recounts the selfless acts performed by author and nurse Dolores Edwards with her surgeon husband, ...
Dolores Edwards, 2007
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Early American Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases
1766 Franklin Papers 13.42: What remain'd in their Hands was but like a Drop of the Bucket compar'd to what was now in the Hands of the Commons, 1768 15.63: A drop in the bucket. 1775 Adams(A) Letters 32: The loss of Charlestown ...
Bartlett Jere Whiting, 1977
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I Never Knew That Was in the Bible
The phrase “a drop in the bucket” (or “a drop in the ocean”) is used to refer to something very small compared with something considerably larger that is required. For example, a tiny grant of money may be thought to be a drop in the ocean ...
Martin Manser, 2000
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American Slang: Cultural Language Guide to Living in the USA
Your offer is a drop in the bucket. The wages you make working at the cannery is a drop in the bucket compared to what you can earn as a fisherman in a good season. Drop out of something: stop being a member; cease to take part or attend  ...
Joseph Melillo, Edward M. Melillo, 2004
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New Perspectives in English One' 2005 Ed.
Pedro isn't the best mechanic in town, but he's a cut above the average. a drop in the bucket. See the following entry. a drop in the ocean and a drop in the bucket mean just a little bit; not enough of something to make a difference. • But one ...
Fernando, Et Al
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Popular Science
'UST a drop in the bucket" is a familiar and useful simile, but it remained for an English schoolboy to wonder what happens when the drop strikes in the bucket. He tried to find out by causing drops to fall upon carefully smoked glass, after ...
9
Learn-O-Grams: Pictorial Puzzles to Warm Up, Wind Down, and ...
A drop in the bucket” refers to the comparative size of any project, object, or task at hand; to say that it is “a drop in the bucket” denotes that this is only a small portion of the required effort or resources or assets necessary to complete a task or ...
Ronald J. Roberts, 2007
10
Singing in the Night
A DROP IN THE BUCKET What it says about inadequacy, futility, insignificance! A drop in the bucket. What's the sense? What's the use? We're no longer in the center of things. Copernicus removed the earth from the center of the solar system.
Mary Benard, 2004

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «A DROP IN THE BUCKET»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term a drop in the bucket is used in the context of the following news items.
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Festival for the Eno celebrates independence, recovery
“In terms of Durham's entire solid waste load, we're a drop in the bucket,” she said. “But it's about educating people and giving them something ... «Durham Herald Sun, Jul 15»
2
Erickson: Don't expect budget impasse to end soon
Although $79,218 is barely a drop in the bucket of the $30 billion-plus state budget, you've got to wonder what some bureaucrat was thinking ... «Bloomington Pantagraph, Jul 15»
3
DSUF investigation ongoing
“It's a drop in the bucket compared to what they owe me,” he said Friday in a phone interview. “We're working with the receiver in an attempt to ... «Dickinson Press, Jul 15»
4
Proposed reservoirs are no panacea for drought
... in 2014 and 2015, surface water deliveries would have increased by 5 percent – in the grand scheme of things, a drop in the bucket. «Sacramento Bee, Jul 15»
5
Syrians see the limits of an education in refuge
... university education disrupted, and they are just a drop in the bucket for Syria's still-expanding refugee crisis. But they have already changed ... «Al Jazeera America, Jul 15»
6
Reddit Reacts: Obama To Set Free About 80 Non-Violent Drug …
President Obama's planned use of his power to grant clemency to the small minority of minor criminals is only a drop in the bucket in light of the ... «The Inquisitr, Jul 15»
7
Staffing cuts at Veterans Affairs hit frontline service
But critics say the documents prove the government cut too far and too deep at Veterans Affairs, while the new hires are a drop in the bucket of ... «Ottawa Citizen, Jul 15»
8
Here Are The Artists You Won't Find On Apple Music, Tidal and Spotify
“your small meaningless rebellion is only hurting your fans ... a drop in the bucket really” No we're standing up for our fellow musicians. «Tech Times, Jul 15»
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The little town that could: Short rail line in Ohio shows the way
The best way for me to put it is: for a big city with a lot of jobs, the impact of this rail line would be a drop in the bucket. But when you are in rural ... «Al Jazeera America, Jul 15»
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EPA Forced to Study Syngenta's Atrazine and Monsanto's …
This is a considerable settlement, though it seems like a drop in the bucket considering that over 80 million pounds of Atrazine are used in the ... «Center for Research on Globalization, Jul 15»

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