Definition of make little of in English:

make little of

phrase

  • Treat as unimportant.

    ‘they made little of their royal connection’
    • ‘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.’
    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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