One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Treat as unimportant.‘they made little of their royal connection’
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 offView synonyms
- ‘On the other hand, when not involved in such discussions, they have, like the Baptists of the nineteenth century, made little of the rite.’
- ‘I repudiated him, made little of his death, shut my ears to his invitations, disregarded his warnings.’
- ‘However, Thompson makes little of this idea, which is sidelined by the innocence and playfulness of the production.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Having received salvation they made little of it.’
- ‘He is courageous, well-motivated and makes little of the remaining symptoms from these dreadful injuries.’
- ‘They cheered when their team scored, cheered even louder when they won but never insulted or made little of their rivals.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In the process of accomplishing economic development, we have been ignoring safety and making little of human lives on the grounds of saving money.’
- ‘I'd be mad to make little of a turnout of 10,000 people out of a population of 30,000.’
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