small fry

"a treat for the small fry."
unimportant persons or objects:
"Her parties were closed to the small fry."
small or young fish.
Related forms
small-fry, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for small fry
small fry
pl n
1.  people or things regarded as unimportant
2.  young children
3.  young or small fishes

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Slang definitions & phrases for small fry

small fry


: small-fry writers like me

noun phrase
  1. Children or a child • Often used as a term of address, either affectionate or derogatory
  2. An insignificant person or persons; nonentities : conveniences not enjoyed by the small fry overhead

[1866+; fr fry, ''small or immature fish'']

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Idioms and Phrases with small fry

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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