small change


: coins that are not worth a lot of money

: an amount of money that is not large or important

: something or someone that is not important

Full Definition of SMALL CHANGE

:  coins of low denomination
:  trifle 1

Examples of SMALL CHANGE

  1. a pocket full of small change
  2. The fine is a lot of money to some people, but to him it's small change.
  3. My problems are small change compared to yours.
  4. He wasn't a major criminal. He was strictly small change.

First Known Use of SMALL CHANGE



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