Any contribution can be useful, as in He can only give us one day, but every little bit helps. This expression, with slightly different wording (everything helps), dates from the late 1500s.
[ev-ree-man] /ˈɛv riˌmæn/ noun 1. (italics) a 15th-century English morality play. 2. (usually lowercase) an ordinary person; the typical or average person. pronoun 3. everybody; everyone. /ˈɛvrɪˌmæn/ noun 1. a medieval English morality play in which the central figure represents mankind, whose earthly destiny is dramatized from the Christian viewpoint 2. (often not capital) the […]
- Every man for himself
Each individual puts his or her own interests foremost. For example, In this company no one helps anyone—it’s every man for himself. In Chaucer’s day this dictum was stated approvingly, meaning “if you don’t look out for yourself, no one else will,” but today such selfishness is usually censured. Despite the wording, the term applies […]
- Every man has his price
Any person can be bribed in some way, as in They had trouble persuading her to join, but when they offered her a car—well, every man has his price. This cynical observation was first recorded in 1734 but may be much older, and it applies to either sex.
- Every minute counts
Also, every moment counts. Time is of the essence. For example, Hurry up with those tools—every minute counts, or In performing surgery every moment counts. This idiom uses count in the sense of “to enter into the reckoning” (and hence be important).