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.

Usage notes[edit]

Mickle and muckle both traditionally meant "a large amount", hence the somewhat more logical variant "many a little makes a mickle". In Scottish English, partly under the influence of this phrase, "mickle" has, however, also come to mean "a small amount".[1]



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