Definition of not a little in US English:

not a little

phrase

  • 1A great deal (of); much.

    ‘not a little consternation was caused’
    • ‘He designs a cover that looks not a little like other pulpy thrillers in his favourite corner of the bookshop, and convinces a Sydney bookstore to stock it.’
    • ‘This must rankle not a little with the start-ups who do make money from ‘social software’.’
    • ‘If truth be told, however, The Beatles' first appearance owed not a little of its brilliance to the Dark Ages that preceded it, certainly where native pop is concerned.’
    • ‘Put the bag somewhere safe, warn people away and call the authorities who will deal with the incident with little fuss and not a little gratitude.’
    • ‘It tells us much about who we are and where we came from, and maybe not a little about where we're going.’
    • ‘This was not only beautiful, but thought-provoking, and did not a little to contribute to a somewhat excited discussion on the theme that evening after dinner.’
    • ‘As you may remember, this shocked me not a little.’
    • ‘The success of the programme owed not a little to the support from the wings.’
    • ‘Then the guitar solos come out like switchblades and it descends into some kind of running battle - exhilarating and not a little out of control.’
    • ‘Police training methods contribute not a little to the strengthening of sub-cultural traits.’
    • ‘Indeed, it is possible that the marked change in character of the reign following her death in 1290 owed not a little to Edward's sense of personal loss.’
    • ‘Once you rent a site you have to adapt it to suit the kind of drama you're shooting and that involves a great deal of work and not a little cost.’
    • ‘She also sampled chicken livers that had been fried in wine and were very good if not a little too salty.’
    • ‘It is even possible that the characters of King Alcinous and Queen Arete owe not a little to Ptolemy II Philadelphus and his sister/wife.’
    • ‘The Church turned its back on Galileo, and has suffered not a little for having done so; Galileo blamed only some wrong-headed individuals in the Church for that.’
    • ‘It contributed not a little to the mystique which developed around him.’
    • ‘It will take a great deal of effort, and not a little imagination, to sustain the peace process and make it yield positive results until a durable reconciliation is reached.’
    1. 1.1 Very.
      ‘it was not a little puzzling’
      • ‘So it's strange, therefore, and not a little paranoid of the family to be squeamish about the book, because the only truly unflattering portrait painted here is that of its author.’
      • ‘It would be unfeasible, I thought, and not a little greedy, to cover a gruelling election campaign, only to face another three-week marathon in Athens.’
      • ‘For a week prior to Easter Sunday, Seville's famed Semana Santa processions trail evocatively, and sometimes not a little eerily, through the streets.’
      • ‘I'm puzzled, a bit worried, and not a little peeved that this should be the case.’
      • ‘Still he was smiling, if not a little painfully now.’