inferior; paltry; shoddy.

Origin of tin-pot

First recorded in 1765–75; from the believed inferior quality of a tin pot
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Examples from the Web for tin-pot

Historical Examples of tin-pot

  • "And mind you keep your tin-pot off the stones," growled Pollard.

  • Presently Colenso came into view—a hundred tin-pot houses under the high hills to the northward.

    London to Ladysmith via Pretoria

    Winston Spencer Churchill

  • Mary was preparing the dried meat, which she intended to boil along with the locust-beans in our tin-pot.

    The Desert Home

    Mayne Reid

  • It isn't a lively look-out to live in a tin-pot house here, and come home to find the mater fretting over her lost splendours.

    The Quaint Companions

    Leonard Merrick

  • I had to watch the steering, and circumvent those snags, and get the tin-pot along by hook or by crook.

    Heart of Darkness

    Joseph Conrad