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Small numbers and quantities

few

determiner, pronoun

some, but not many

minority

noun

a small number of people or things that are part of a larger group but different in some way from most of the group

minimum

noun

the smallest amount or degree of something that is necessary or possible

handful

noun

a very small number of people or things

scattering

noun

a small number of people or things that are spread over a large area

sprinkling

noun

a small number of people or things in a place

scarcity

noun

a situation in which the supply of something is not enough for the people who want it or need it

group

noun

a small number of things, especially things that are not physical objects

one or two

a small number of people or things

a thing or two

a few things

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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