small fry

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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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