Does anything come to mind as a more colloquial / non-business phrase instead of "little investment, big return"? Thanks!


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Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Something great can come from a modest beginning

or, if talking about something negative...

Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind

to start some kind of trouble that grows much larger than you planned


How about: "Big bang for the buck". It's informal but gets the idea across well.


"Pay dirt" you need to look it up. People will say "I hit pay dirt!"

It is almost like "something for nothing."

And "buy short, sell long." Stock Market term.


Many a mickle makes a muckle (Scottish proverb)

many a little makes a mickle (also many a mickle makes a muckle): many small amounts accumulate to make a large amount. (Oxford Dictionary)


How about more bang for your buck?

  • Hi user141706 and welcome to ELU! This is a good suggestion, but you should consider adding a definition/reference to your answer.
    – Dog Lover
    Commented Oct 8, 2015 at 1:13

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