The administration enthusiastically traded winning the future for a picayune present gain.
But his evaluation admitted that portions at the restaurant were “picayune, and desserts are something of a question mark.”
To see just how picayune the debate got, take a look at the opinions.
He'd rather make a picayune off you in a trade than have a wagon-load of principles.
I give him a picayune, now and then; and you see he dresses well.
So he felt a moment; and then he smoked a cigar, and read the picayune, and forgot his little gospel.
If we were only there, our chances wouldn't be worth a picayune.
Well, be sure you do; your life isn't worth a picayune if you raise any row.
They ride like the devil, fight like the devil, but don't care a picayune for anything.
Now the Des Moines is a picayune stream, unduly dignified by the appellation of "river."
1804, "coin of small value," probably from Louisiana French picaillon "coin worth 5 cents," earlier the French name of an old copper coin of Savoy (1750), from Provençal picaioun "small copper coin," from picaio "money," of uncertain origin. Adjectival figurative sense of "paltry, mean" recorded from 1813.