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small change

coins of small denomination.
someone or something insignificant or trifling:
Those people are small change.
Origin of small change
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I didn't have any small change so I handed the feller a five-dollar bill.

  • The Frenchman found some small change and gave twenty kopeks to each of the pilgrims.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • They had spent the last penny of their small change; there was nothing left but gold.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • But Simon MacTaggart was for once not in the mood for the small change of conversation.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • Our guide had supplied himself with a quantity of small change.

    An Ohio Woman in the Philippines Emily Bronson Conger
  • I told people the money was for some one else who had no small change.

    The Criminal Havelock Ellis
  • San Giacinto held out some small change to him to pay for the drink.

    Corleone F. Marion Crawford
  • These, with some small change, he shoved beneath the lattice to Johnny.

    The Crimson Flash

    Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for small change

small change

coins, esp those of low value
a person or thing that is not outstanding or important
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for small change

small change


: This is small-change stuff

noun phrase

Something of little value: So I am now small change in Mamie's scorn (1902+)

[fr coins of small value]

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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