1. a minute quantity.
|Finish to the Adventures of Tom and Jerry (1889) 166: They are not particular to a shade, if a good stake of money is on the table, to bolt with it under the pretended fear that the traps are coming.|
|Crim.-Con. Gaz. 11 May 149/1: Jim Crow — And how do him get him libing? Chap — Why him go out chancing ob it [...] him holds osses, prigs a little, him not particular to him shade.|
|Sporting Times 22 Feb. 3/1: It’s a shade over the odds, sir, as a matter of fact.|
|Tales of Mean Streets (1983) 41: Odd jobs of charing have a shade the better of a pickle factory in the matter of respectability.|
|Sporting Times 15 Apr. 1/3: She liked not the suggestions he / Advanced; she p’raps deemed them to be / A shade too stiff, and all agree / That nobody beats Mr. G / In piling it on stiffer.‘They Begged To Differ’|
|Knocking the Neighbors 15: Some gilt-edged Municipal Bonds that would net a shade under 5 per cent.|
|Carry on, Jeeves 160: I am inclined to think that this binge is going to prove a shade above the odds.|
|Spanish Blood (1946) 12: He was always a great kid. . . . Maybe a shade too smart.‘Spanish Blood’ in|
|Holy Smoke 12: Y’ could give anyone a shade of odds on the skite.|
2. (US) a (marginal) advantage.
|TAD Lex. (1993) 127: The feller with the black tights has the shade.in Zwilling|
|‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ [lyrics] No gal made has got a shade on Sweet Georgia Brown.|