small fry

[ smawl-frahy ]
/ ˈsmɔl ˌfraɪ /

noun, plural small fry for 3; small fry or small fries for 1, 2.

a child: Here's a treat for the small fry.He's a small fry with a big personality.
an unimportant person or object: Her fancy parties were closed to the small fry.
a small or young fish.

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Origin of small fry

First recorded in 1895–1900; fry2

OTHER WORDS FROM small fry

small-fry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for small fry

small fry

pl n

people or things regarded as unimportant
young children
young or small fishes
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Idioms and Phrases with small fry

small fry

1

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

2

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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