a mess of pottage

noun phrase

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

Examples of a mess of pottage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In effect, for a mess of pottage, a public school sold an inflated but permanent artistic legacy to a private citizen. Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2022 That is what caused the Big 4 firms to sell their birthright for a mess of pottage by peddling bogus shelters around the turn of the millennium. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 19 June 2021

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“A mess of pottage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20mess%20of%20pottage. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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