Many of those people used to make 10, even 20, times what a measly government salary can pay.
In two years, FLOTUS and company were only able to grow a measly five pumpkins.
In the second quarter, state and local debt increased at a $23.6 billion annualized rate—a measly 0.8 percent.
That is why, in the expectations market, a measly 27 percent sales growth and 17 percent profit growth just doesn't cut it.
His profit margin on the quarter pounds he admitted to selling was a measly $200.
measly pork has little kernels in the fat, and is unhealthy and dangerous food.
I forced that much from the Chilcat when I had the measly wretch upon his back.
At it from the blessed week after I landed—at it from half-past nine to six, and all for a measly thirty-five bob a week.
Do you think I am going to break my neck for your measly ten dollars?
The muscles are sometimes full of them, and the pig is then said to be “measly.”
Contemptibly inadequate; petty: Should I work for a measly five bucks an hour? (1864+)