small time

noun (in vaudeville)
a circuit of minor theaters giving three or more shows daily.

Origin:
1920–25, Americanism

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small-time

[smawl-tahym]
adjective
of modest or insignificant size, importance, or influence: a small-time politician.

Origin:
1910–15

small-timer, noun
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small-time
 
adj
informal insignificant; minor: a small-time criminal
 
'small-'timer
 
n

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small-time
1910, originally theater slang for lower-salaried circuits, or ones requiring more daily performances.
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