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penny-ante

[pen-ee-an-tee] /ˈpɛn iˈæn ti/
adjective, Informal.
1.
involving a trifling sum of money; small in amount:
a penny-ante investment.
2.
inconsiderable; minor; small-time.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35, Americanism
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Word Origin and History for pennyante

penny-ante

adj.

"cheap, trivial," 1935; extended from use in reference to poker played for insignificant stakes (1855), from penny + ante.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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