Definition of many a little makes a mickle in US English:

many a little makes a mickle

(also many a mickle makes a muckle)


  • Many small amounts accumulate to make a large amount.

    • ‘Remember, many a little makes a mickle; and farther, beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.’
    • ‘Although they also say ‘many a mickle makes a muckle’, and I've never understood what the heck that means.’
    • ‘After you award it to your kids, they will collect little by little even one penny and put it in this cute Jar, after a while, many a little makes a mickle, they will be very surprised to ask you: ‘Mom, my piggy jar is going to full, may I take them out and fill him again?’’
    • ‘Thorough instruction in all military details is best, and there is an old saying that ‘many a mickle makes a muckle.’’
    • ‘Unfortunately, one of George Washington's favorite Scottish maxims, ‘Many a mickle makes a muckle’ did not survive the eighteenth century.’