chump change

noun

Definition of chump change 

: a relatively small or insignificant amount of money

Examples of chump change in a Sentence

what seems like a huge amount of money to most people is only chump change to a billionaire

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That’s chump change in a $700 billion military budget. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "Fact-checking President Trump’s claims about the North Korea deal," 13 June 2018 Yet for the super-rich clients of Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Sartoria and Alta Moda collections that kind of cash is chump change—a micro-slice of expendable currency. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Male Patterned Boldness: Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Sartoria Ode to Villa Carlotta," 9 July 2018 That, of course, is chump change compared with the $8.2 million that Governor Charlie Baker holds in his campaign account — not to mention the $3.65 million that his running mate, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, has in hers. Frank Phillips, BostonGlobe.com, "For Bob Massie, a hard climb ahead," 7 June 2018 Tickets are relatively cheap All things considered, $153 to sit in the very front row of a huge wrestling show is chump change. Brandon Howard, chicagotribune.com, "7 things to know about 'All In' – the huge indie wrestling show coming to the Chicago area," 12 May 2018 Regulators say the panels will add $8,000 to $12,000 to the cost of a home, which may be chump change in the Bay Area where the median home price is $1.2 million. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "California Prays to the Sun God," 11 May 2018 Gores bought the Pistons in 2011 for a measly $325 million, which is chump change compared with some of his other deals. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Tom Gores has done everything except fix franchise," 7 May 2018 That’s not chump change, but given that the average winning House candidate now spends around $1.5. Charlotte Hill, Vox, "The real reason the NRA’s money matters in elections," 24 Mar. 2018 Not chump change, but compare that with Charlotte, N.C.: Doctors’ pay there averages $402,273, the highest in the nation. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 17 Mar. 2018

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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chump change

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chump change

: a small amount of money : an amount of money that is not important or impressive

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