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Friday, March 23, 2001

Definitions for small beer

  1. Weak beer.
  2. Insignificant matters; something of little importance.
  3. Unimportant; trivial.

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Citations for small beer
We dined early upon stale bread and old mutton with small beer. Ferdinand Mount,, Jem (and Sam)
I was not born for this kind of small beer, says Joan the wife of the colonial governor, who imagines leading armies or "droves of inflamed poets." Nancy Willard, New York Times
Origin of small beer
1560-1570
Small beer is beer of only slight alcoholic strength; the other senses are derivative.