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small change

coins of small denomination.
someone or something insignificant or trifling:
Those people are small change.
Origin of small change
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for small change
  • 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.
  • That's still not small change if it breaks, but not devastating.
  • And even a small change could be a shocking development for a theory that has withstood so many rigorous tests.
  • Even a small change in their shape will produce botched proteins that fumble their electrons.
  • But it amounted to only a small change in resistance, and physicists did not think there were many prospects for improvement.
British Dictionary definitions for small change

small change

coins, esp those of low value
a person or thing that is not outstanding or important
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A sergeant major

[1970s+ Army; fr smaj abbr for sergeant major]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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