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[tin-pot] /ˈtɪnˈpɒt/
inferior; paltry; shoddy.
Origin of tin-pot
First recorded in 1765-75; from the believed inferior quality of a tin pot Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "And mind you keep your tin-pot off the stones," growled Pollard.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
  • Presently Colenso came into view—a hundred tin-pot houses under the high hills to the northward.

    London to Ladysmith via Pretoria Winston Spencer Churchill
  • Mary was preparing the dried meat, which she intended to boil along with the locust-beans in our tin-pot.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • It isn't a lively look-out to live in a tin-pot house here, and come home to find the mater fretting over her lost splendours.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • I had to watch the steering, and circumvent those snags, and get the tin-pot along by hook or by crook.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • Being New Year's Eve the usual attempt at a tin-pot band was made to make the night hideous.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • I was about to lead him aft, but his eye caught sight of a scuttlebutt, and the tin-pot on its head.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • I took an axe from the wagon—also a tin-pot, and a piece of dry beef that still remained to us.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid

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