chump change

noun
Slang. a small or insignificant amount of money.

Origin:
1965–70

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chump change definition


  1. n.
    a small amount of money; the kind of salary or amount of money a chumpwould work for. : I refuse to work for chump change! I want a real job.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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chump change

A trivial sum of money, a trivial matter. For example, Dave was sick of working for chump change; he wanted a decent salary, or Don't put that on the agenda; it's chump change. This expression uses chump in the sense of "a fool or sucker who should be ignored." [Slang; 1960s] Also see chicken feed.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
It's not exactly chump change but it's not a lot of money.
They are pretty much in the same boat, despite that extra chump change.
To use a fancy legal phrase this is not chump change.
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