many a mickle makes a muckle

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many a mickle makes a muckle

  1. (Britain) A lot of small amounts, put together, become a large amount.

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Mickle and muckle both traditionally meant "a large amount", hence the somewhat more logical variant "many a little makes a mickle". With the decline in the use of Scots the Scots phrase "Mony a pickle/puckle maks a mickle/muckle" became corrupted to "mony a mickle maks a muckle", hence, in Scottish English, under the influence of that, "mickle" has come to be perceived as "a small amount".[1]

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  1. ^ Many a Mickle (Cheshire, 1953), page 12