small fry

small fry

children: a treat for the small fry.
unimportant persons or objects: Her parties were closed to the small fry.
small or young fish.


small-fry, adjective Unabridged
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small fry
pl n
1.  people or things regarded as unimportant
2.  young children
3.  young or small fishes

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Idioms & Phrases

small fry

  1. Young children, as in This show is not suitable for small fry.

  2. Persons of little importance or influence, as in She wasn't about to invite the Washington small fry to the reception. Both usages allude to fry in the sense of "young or small fish." [Late 1800s]

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