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small fry

noun
1.
children:
a treat for the small fry.
2.
unimportant persons or objects:
Her parties were closed to the small fry.
3.
small or young fish.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
Related forms
small-fry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for smallfry

small fry

plural noun
1.
people or things regarded as unimportant
2.
young children
3.
young or small fishes
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Slang definitions & phrases for smallfry

small fry

adjective

: 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'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with smallfry

small fry

.
Young children, as in This show is not suitable for small fry.
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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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