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small fry

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plural noun
  1. children: a treat for the small fry.
  2. unimportant persons or objects: Her parties were closed to the small fry.
  3. small or young fish.
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Origin of small fry

First recorded in 1895–1900
Related formssmall-fry, adjective
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Related Words for small fry

minor, insignificant, petty, slight, inconsequential, lesser, unimportant, negligible, trivial, secondary, paltry, measly, tiny, frail, feeble, inferior, limited, light, narrow, lad

Examples from the Web for small fry

Historical Examples of small fry

  • In so far as that fact justifies the small-fry felon, he is justified.

    Criminal Types

    V. M. Masten

  • The small-fry of fishes were wriggling in wonder to find themselves impounded in small pools.

  • It is the Second-Rates who take kindly to the little people, and are happy in the adulation of the small-fry.

    The Diva's Ruby

    F. Marion Crawford

  • I become your manager, right from the snap of the pistol, and I begin by keepin' you out of small-fry contests.

  • During this big rise these small-fry craft were an intolerable nuisance.

British Dictionary definitions for small fry

small fry

pl n
  1. people or things regarded as unimportant
  2. young children
  3. young or small fishes
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Idioms and Phrases with small fry

small fry


Young children, as in This show is not suitable for small fry.

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Persons of little importance or influence, as in She wasn't about to invite the Washington small fry to the reception. Both usages allude to fry in the sense of “young or small fish.” [Late 1800s]

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