a drop in the bucket / ocean
February 7, 2007 6:46am CST
Teddy has emptied his fishbowl and now he is carefully measuring fresh water back into it. The manner in which he is doing that has alarmed his goldfish. That tiny amount of water is hardly a drop in the bucket! I'll need more than that!" the goldfish cried. A drop in the bucket / ocean describes a very small amount of something, especially when much more is required.