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What does little mean in:

"Little did I know this spelled the end of my career"?

And is it the same thing as saying:

"I didn't know that this spelled the end of my career"?

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It means that

I had no idea of or I was not even suspecting or I was totally unaware of the fact that this (event) spelled (marked) the end of my career.

It is in fact an idiomatic phrase, which Longman defines as

little did somebody know/realize/think etc

used to say that someone did not know or think that something would happen or was true

Little did I know that the course of my life was about to change.

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