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Origin of small beer
Words nearby small beer
Example sentences from the Web for small beer
But the jealous woman only gave her a canvas bag of brown bread and hard cheese, with a bottle of small-beer.English Fairy Tales|Flora Annie Steel
M. M. Plentiful diet of flesh-meat and vegetables with small-beer.Zoonomia, Vol. II|Erasmus Darwin
But in some ways he was a kind of Thackeray several degrees underproof—a small-beer Thackeray that was a very excellent creature.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2|George Saintsbury
He asked especially for Sarah's small-beer, and drank two or three large glasses of it.Wenderholme|Philip Gilbert Hamerton
As often as I called for small-beer, the master tipped the wink, and the servant brought me a brimmer of October.The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886|Ministry of Education
British Dictionary definitions for small beer
Idioms and Phrases with small beer
Also, small potatoes. Of little importance, as in Don't listen to Henry; he's small beer, or It's silly to worry about that bill; it's small potatoes. The first term alludes to a beer of low alcoholic content (also called light beer today) and was used metaphorically by Shakespeare in several plays. The variant may have been invented by frontiersman Davy Crockett; it was first recorded in 1836. Also see small fry, def. 2.