tin-pot

or tin·pot

[ tin-pot ]
/ ˈtɪnˈpɒt /

adjective

inferior; paltry; shoddy: The tin-pot farce lasted only three performances before closing.
of minor importance or significance: a tin-pot dictator, trying to look like a statesman.

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Origin of tin-pot

First recorded in 1835–45; tin (from the believed inferior quality of a tin pot) + pot1
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British Dictionary definitions for tin-pot

tinpot
/ (ˈtɪnˌpɒt) /

adjective (prenominal) British informal

inferior, cheap, or worthless
paltry; unimportant
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