Definition of make little of in English:

make little of

phrase

  • Treat as unimportant.

    ‘they made little of their royal connection’
    • ‘They were seven to one against coming into this game, but they made little of the odds as they hammered home two goals in a blistering three-minute spell at the start of the second half.’
    • ‘In the process of accomplishing economic development, we have been ignoring safety and making little of human lives on the grounds of saving money.’
    • ‘Having received salvation they made little of it.’
    • ‘I'd be mad to make little of a turnout of 10,000 people out of a population of 30,000.’
    • ‘They cheered when their team scored, cheered even louder when they won but never insulted or made little of their rivals.’
    • ‘He is courageous, well-motivated and makes little of the remaining symptoms from these dreadful injuries.’
    • ‘At the present, the U.S. government, while clinging to a sizeable hoard buried in Fort Knox, seeks to disparage it and make little of it as an unimportant metal.’
    • ‘On the other hand, when not involved in such discussions, they have, like the Baptists of the nineteenth century, made little of the rite.’
    • ‘However, Thompson makes little of this idea, which is sidelined by the innocence and playfulness of the production.’
    • ‘I repudiated him, made little of his death, shut my ears to his invitations, disregarded his warnings.’
    make light of, make little of, make nothing of, set little store by, set no store by, gloss over, de-emphasize, underemphasize, downplay, understate, underplay, minimize, shrug off
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