little by little

  1. by a short distance
    they moved it by inches
  2. a little bit at a time
    the research structure has developed piecemeal
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How To Use little by little In A Sentence

  • I really like this definition, the photo surface is as sensitive and fragile as if it was alive and des-troying itself little by little.
  • Little by little, a spirit of aloha will wash over the entire family, smiles will radiate more freely, and family bonds will be renewed.
  • Little by little, the infection spread, as it always does, from the wardroom to the cabin, and "goodfellowship" was the watchword of the night. Captain Canot or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver
  • With the development of Laser Biography, the optical trapping technology based on microbeam laser becomes an effective tool in the research of life science and bioengineering little by little.
  • He summarizes an official document he saw that proposed China adopt a "double-faced" strategy for dealing with the Vatican: "Little by little" the government would "attract" the bishops to their side, Cardinal Zen says. A Cardinal's Warning on China
  • Some traded with the Malay settlers at Maynila (as the city on the Pasig River was then called) and, little by little, radicated themselves in the Manila suburbs of The Philippine Islands
  • Little by little the cinematograph is climbing out of contempt into honour. Times, Sunday Times
  • We manage to pump the whole story out of him little by little.
  • Little by little the tissues of reality loosen around Jozef; he becomes subject to a different clock and to the peculiar experiments with Time presided over by a mysterious Dr. Gotard [and a ventriloquizing Auctioneer]: … … here, we are always late by a certain interval of time of which we cannot define the length. Celebrated Animators The Quay Brothers Return with a New Feature | /Film
  • Having little by little become "as powerful as God the Father when the world began", enjoying the revenues of twenty-seven abbacies, always ready to enrich himself by whatever means, and possessing a fortune equivalent to about $40,000,000 in twentieth century American money, Mazarin, towards the end of his life, multiplied in Paris the manifestations of his wealth. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman
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