Idiom of the Week: “A Drop in the Ocean”


Bad blogger is I; I cannot believe that I missed posting this feature on Monday. Life has be ever so hectic. this week’s “Idiom of the Week” is A drop in the ocean. I lovely idiom that gives a wonderful image in the mind.

Meaning: If an amount is a drop in the ocean, it’s a very small portion of the amount that’s needed.

For example:

  • Our government’s sending a thousand tons of food, but that’s just a drop in the ocean compared to what’s needed.
  • I know twenty dollars is just a drop in the ocean, but if everyone gave that much it’d make a big difference.

Note: The U.S. equivalent is “a drop in the bucket”.

Definition from English Club