small change

noun
1.
coins of small denomination.
2.
someone or something insignificant or trifling: Those people are small change.

Origin:
1810–20

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small change
 
n
1.  coins, esp those of low value
2.  a person or thing that is not outstanding or important

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small change definition


  1. n.
    an insignificant person. (Also a rude term of address.) : The guy you think is small change happens to own this building you seem to be guarding so well.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
We are becoming accustomed to thinking of anything less than a trillion dollars
  as small change.
That's small change to the government but could make a big difference to golf
  courses.
Such a small change in stratospheric water vapour can have such a large effect
  precisely because the stratosphere is already dry.
But even that is small change compared with the cost of the media campaign that
  ensues once a measure is on the ballot.
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