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 Little.Little Britain 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Little by little. Gradually; a little at a time.   1
   Many a little makes a mickle. The real Scotch proverb is: “A wheen o’ mickles mak’s a muckle,” where mickle means little, and muckle much; but the Anglo-Saxon micel or mycel means “much,” so that, if the Scotch proverb is accepted, we must give a forced meaning to the word “mickle.”   2

 Little.Little Britain 


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