alsosomething is small beer British Englishinformalused to say that someone or something is not important, especially when compared to other people or things:
Even with £10,000 to invest, you are still small beer for most investment managers.
He writes so small I can't read it.
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: small, littleSmallis a very general word for talking about the size of something• a small village • a small man • He had small brown eyes. • The envelope was too small. • Do you have this shirt in a smaller size?Little is used, especially in spoken English, to show how you feel about someone or something small, for example to show that you like them, dislike them, or feel sorry for them• What lovely little cakes! • her horrid little dog!!You can say 'smaller' or 'smallest', but do not say 'littler' or 'littlest'• Her feet are even smaller (NOT littler/more little) than mine.!! You can use words like 'quite', 'very' and 'too' in front of small, but do not use them with little• a very small car (NOT very little car)
Definition of small from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English within the topic LETTERS AND PUNCTUATION