Learn English – English equivalent to “a small fruit in an elephant’s mouth”


In the Indian language of Malayalam, there's a saying "Aana vayil ambazhanga", which literally translates to:

A small fruit in an elephant's mouth.

It means:

Having too small an amount for a very large need.

What's an equivalent idiom in English?

"Bring a knife to a gunfight", can mean entering a conflict without preparation. "Too little, too late" can mean something is not in time to be effective. These don't fit here, because I want it to only mean "too small an amount for a very large need" and nothing more.

Best Answer

Try drop in the ocean, defined by Cambridge dictionary as

A very small amount compared to the amount needed.