Origin of small fry
Related formssmall-fry, adjective
Examples from the Web for small fry
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
The small-fry of fishes were wriggling in wonder to find themselves impounded in small pools.The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts|George W. Holley
During this big rise these small-fry craft were an intolerable nuisance.
In so far as that fact justifies the small-fry felon, he is justified.Criminal Types|V. M. Masten
I become your manager, right from the snap of the pistol, and I begin by keepin' you out of small-fry contests.Motor Matt; or, The King of the Wheel|Stanley R. Matthews
British Dictionary definitions for small fry
Idioms and Phrases with small fry
Young children, as in This show is not suitable for small fry.
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]