- A small number of; More than two.
1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter II, in The Squire’s Daughter, London: Methuen, OCLC 12026604; republished New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1919, OCLC 491297620:
- "I don't want to spoil any comparison you are going to make," said Jim, "but I was at Winchester and New College." ¶ "That will do," said Mackenzie. "I was dragged up at the workhouse school till I was twelve. Then I ran away and sold papers in the streets, and anything else that I could pick up a few coppers by—except steal. […]"
a small number of
- A small number of things.
Regrets, I've had a few, but then again too few to mention.
- I was expecting lots of people at the party, but few turned up.
- I wasn't expecting any young people at the party, but a few turned up.
a small number of things