"a drop in the bucket"
an insufficient or inconsequential amount in comparison with what is required
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Two colleagues are talking ...
Colleague 1: The boss said we need to generate two million dollars in new business by the end of the quarter.
Colleague 2: I signed a new client yesterday.
Colleague 1: How much was the contract for?
Colleague 2: Five thousand dollars.
Colleague 1: That is just a drop in the bucket. We are going to need far more than that.
A couple are talking ...
Wife: We need to find ways to save energy costs around the house.
Husband: I agree. The electricity bill alone is huge.
Wife: We could be careful to turn off lights that we are not using.
Husband: That is a good idea but only a drop in the bucket. We need a bigger idea if we really want to save.
Wife: I will stop using electricity during peak hours.
Husband: That could help a lot.
There is no gerund form for a drop in the bucket.
1) $70 million over three years for Indigenous mental health services is a drop in the bucket. It's far from enough. There are more than 600 First Nations communities.
2) However, 196 houses is just a drop in the bucket when Auckland is already facing a shortfall of 40,000 homes.
3) ... supposed Freshwater Improvement Fund of just $10 million a year is a drop in the bucket of what is needed to make our rivers safe for swimming.
4) Rainier is asking for $218,000 for the cabin. That's a drop in the bucket for the park overall, though: It has a nearly $300 million maintenance backlog.
5) ... hundred years covered by most of our family trees is only a drop in the bucket compared with the length of time the human race has existed or the 14 billion ...
6) I wouldn't say it's a drop in the bucket, but there's a large part of the industry that will remain unaffected, ...
7) ... that have recently poured into this style of investing are only a drop in the bucket in the nearly $25 trillion U.S. stock market.
8) ... but one story in a newspaper is a drop in the bucket and shouldn't be the blueprint from where all understanding generates from.
9) ... allow Iran to increase its production. The differential amounts to a drop in the bucket compared with the massive output from the world's two dominant producers.
10) ... announced a $50,000 grant to help with repairs. It's a drop in the bucket compared to the more than $8 million needed.
11) Nowadays ticket sales are a drop in the bucket compared to what is generated via selling media rights.
12) ... to removing about 13,200 passenger cars from the road, is a drop in the bucket of the province's total carbon emissions, less than one tenth of one per cent.
13) ... said the overall rise in R&D expenditure is just a drop in the bucket when the big picture is considered.
14) ... train staff how to use them. It's a drop in the bucket compared to the huge profits these people make.
15) ... added to existing commitments to non-profit and co-op housing agreements remains a drop in the bucket of what is needed to create the 100,000 new affordable rental units the Canadian Housing ...
16) It's a big deal for us although it's just a drop in the bucket for the federal government.
17) A tax credit is a drop in the bucket against a 73-cent dollar.
18) Smaller dams are being built but their capacity is a drop in the bucket compared to what the country needs.
19) But, measured against the growing demand, even that was a drop in the bucket as there remains consensus on serious shortcomings in the delivery of health care.
20) ... at the current rate of 0.5 percent, this figure was a drop in the bucket relative to its total income.