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[tin-pot] /ˈtɪnˈpɒt/
inferior; paltry; shoddy.
Origin of tin-pot
1765-75; from the believed inferior quality of a tin pot Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • "The tinpot style," said Mr. Britling at last in a voice of extreme bitterness.

  • When they came at last, in their tinpot hats, they got out half a dozen big squirts and rushed into the building with them.

    A Book of Burlesques H. L. Mencken
  • England will blow your trumpery little fleet out of the water and sweep your tinpot army into Siberia for this.

    Great Catherine George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for tinpot


adjective (prenominal) (Brit, informal)
inferior, cheap, or worthless
paltry; unimportant
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Slang definitions & phrases for tinpot

Tin Pan Alley

noun phrase

The site where popular music was composed, arranged, published, recorded, etc, designating the neighborhood on Seventh Avenue between 48th and 52d Streets in New York City; also, the realm of popular music composition, publishing, etc

[1908+; fr the late 1800s musicians' term tin pan, ''cheap, tinny piano'']

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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