Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “a drop in the ocean”

a drop in the ocean

UK (US a drop in the bucket)
C2 a very small amount compared to the amount needed: My letter of protest was just a drop in the ocean.Small amounts of moneyLarge amounts of money
(Definition of a drop in the ocean from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Translations of “a drop in the ocean”

Word of the Day

roost

When birds roost, they go somewhere to rest or sleep.

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More