|1.||people or things regarded as unimportant|
|3.||young or small fishes|
: small-fry writers like menoun phrase
[1866+; fr fry, ''small or immature fish'']
Young children, as in This show is not suitable for small fry.
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]