penny ante

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noun

Cards. a game of poker in which the ante or basic bet is one cent.
Informal. any business arrangement or transaction involving a trifling or paltry sum of money.

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Origin of penny ante

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55

Definition for penny ante (2 of 2)

penny-ante
[ pen-ee-an-tee ]
/ ˈpɛn iˈæn ti /

adjective Informal.

involving a trifling sum of money; small in amount: a penny-ante investment.
inconsiderable; minor; small-time.

Origin of penny-ante

An Americanism dating back to1930–35
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