a mess of pottage

noun phrase

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old-fashioned
: something that has little or no value They sold/traded their birthright for a mess of pottage.

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“A mess of pottage.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20mess%20of%20pottage. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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