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 for Small stuff
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Small \Small\ (sm[add]l), a. [Compar. Smaller
     (sm[add]l"[~e]r); superl. Smallest.] [OE. small, AS. smael;
     akin to D. smal narrow, OS. & OHG. smal small, G. schmal
     narrow, Dan. & Sw. smal, Goth. smals small, Icel. smali small
     cattle, sheep, or goats; cf. Gr. mh^lon a sheep or goat.]
     1. Having little size, compared with other things of the same
        kind; little in quantity or degree; diminutive; not large
        or extended in dimension; not great; not much;
        inconsiderable; as, a small man; a small river.
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              To compare
              Great things with small.              --Milton.
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     2. Being of slight consequence; feeble in influence or
        importance; unimportant; trivial; insignificant; as, a
        small fault; a small business.
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     3. Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; --
        sometimes, in reproach, paltry; mean.
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              A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of
              interesting the greatest man.         --Carlyle.
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     4. Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short;
        as, after a small space. --Shak.
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     5. Weak; slender; fine; gentle; soft; not loud. "A still,
        small voice." --1 Kings xix. 12.
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     Great and small,of all ranks or degrees; -- used especially
        of persons. "His quests, great and small." --Chaucer.
  
     Small arms, muskets, rifles, pistols, etc., in distinction
        from cannon.
  
     Small beer. See under Beer.
  
     Small coal.
        (a) Little coals of wood formerly used to light fires.
            --Gay.
        (b) Coal about the size of a hazelnut, separated from the
            coarser parts by screening.
  
     Small craft (Naut.), a vessel, or vessels in general, of a
        small size.
  
     Small fruits. See under Fruit.
  
     Small hand, a certain size of paper. See under Paper.
  
     Small hours. See under Hour.
  
     Small letter. (Print.), a lower-case letter. See
        Lower-case, and Capital letter, under Capital, a.
  
     Small piece, a Scotch coin worth about 21/4d. sterling, or
        about 41/2cents.
  
     Small register. See the Note under 1st Register, 7.
  
     Small stuff (Naut.), spun yarn, marline, and the smallest
        kinds of rope. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
  
     Small talk, light or trifling conversation; chitchat.
  
     Small wares (Com.), various small textile articles, as
        tapes, braid, tringe, and the like. --M`Culloch.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stuff \Stuff\, n. [OF. estoffe, F. ['e]toffe; of uncertain
     origin, perhaps of Teutonic origin and akin to E. stop, v.t.
     Cf. Stuff, v. t.]
     1. Material which is to be worked up in any process of
        manufacture.
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              For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the
              work to make it, and too much.        --Ex. xxxvi.
                                                    7.
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              Ambitions should be made of sterner stuff. --Shak.
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              The workman on his stuff his skill doth show,
              And yet the stuff gives not the man his skill. --Sir
                                                    J. Davies.
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     2. The fundamental material of which anything is made up;
        elemental part; essence.
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              Yet do I hold it very stuff o' the conscience
              To do no contrived murder.            --Shak.
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     3. Woven material not made into garments; fabric of any kind;
        specifically, any one of various fabrics of wool or
        worsted; sometimes, worsted fiber.
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              What stuff wilt have a kirtle of?     --Shak.
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              It [the arras] was of stuff and silk mixed, though,
              superior kinds were of silk exclusively. --F. G.
                                                    Lee.
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     4. Furniture; goods; domestic vessels or utensils.
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              He took away locks, and gave away the king's stuff.
                                                    --Hayward.
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     5. A medicine or mixture; a potion. --Shak.
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     6. Refuse or worthless matter; hence, also, foolish or
        irrational language; nonsense; trash.
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              Anger would indite
              Such woeful stuff as I or Shadwell write. --Dryden.
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     7. (Naut.) A melted mass of turpentine, tallow, etc., with
        which the masts, sides, and bottom of a ship are smeared
        for lubrication.                            --Ham. Nav.
                                                    Encyc.
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     8. Paper stock ground ready for use.
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     Note: When partly ground, called half stuff. --Knight.
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     Clear stuff. See under Clear.
  
     Small stuff (Naut.), all kinds of small cordage. --Ham.
        Nav. Encyc.
  
     Stuff gown, the distinctive garb of a junior barrister;
        hence, a junior barrister himself. See Silk gown, under
        Silk.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  small stuff
      n 1: any light rope used on shipboard

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