little pitcher

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the saying little pitchers have big ears.

Noun[edit]

little pitcher (plural little pitchers)

  1. (idiomatic, chiefly in the plural) A child.
    • 1854, Charles Dickens, Hard Times, ch. 2:
      Thomas Gradgrind now presented Thomas Gradgrind to the little pitchers before him, who were to be filled so full of facts.
    • 1875, Louisa May Alcott, Eight Cousins, ch. 15:
      "Promise not to tell, or I shall be teased to death," she added, anxiously, entirely forgetting the two little pitchers gifted with eyes as well as ears, who had been watching the whole performance from afar.