“drop in the bucket.”
“Many drops make a bucket, many buckets make a pond, many ponds make a lake, and many lakes make an ocean.”
“From reveries so airy, from the toil / Of dropping buckets into empty wells, / And growing old in drawing nothing up.”
“Seek not for fresher founts afar, just drop you bucket where you are.”
Sam Walter Foss
“Just a drop in the bucket”
“It's basically a drop in the bucket compared to what they might need.”
“We anticipate that the $1.5 million will be a drop in the bucket to the actual expenses that the locals are enduring.”
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