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tin-pot

[tin-pot] /ˈtɪnˈpɒt/
adjective
1.
inferior; paltry; shoddy.
Origin of tin-pot
1765-1775
1765-75; from the believed inferior quality of a tin pot
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  • "The tinpot style," said Mr. Britling at last in a voice of extreme bitterness.

  • When they came at last, in their tinpot hats, they got out half a dozen big squirts and rushed into the building with them.

    A Book of Burlesques H. L. Mencken
  • England will blow your trumpery little fleet out of the water and sweep your tinpot army into Siberia for this.

    Great Catherine George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for tinpot

tinpot

/ˈtɪnˌpɒt/
adjective (prenominal) (Brit, informal)
1.
inferior, cheap, or worthless
2.
paltry; unimportant
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Slang definitions & phrases for tinpot

tinpot

adjective

Inferior; petty; tinhorn: tinpot Napoleons/ individual liberty from coercive tin-pot bigots

[1838+; apparently in part fr the image of a ludicrous military figure wearing a grandiose tin helmet, a sort of tin soldier]

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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