a little way /a little ways

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I looked up "a little way" in the WR forum and I found: "a little ways" ="a little bit".
I wonder if they mean the same thing. This is the context:

It was opened by another footman in livery, with a round face, and large eyes like a frog; and both footmen, Alice noticed, had powdered hair that curled all over their heads. She felt very curious to know what it was all about, and crept a little way out of the wood to listen.

Alice in Wonderland-Chapter VI

Thank you very much.
  • Biffo

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    English - England
    "A little ways" is used solely in American English as far as I know. In England (where Alice in Wonderland was written) we only use "a little way"

    P.S. I can't find it in WR - could you give a link please.
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