chump change

noun

Definition of chump change

: a relatively small or insignificant amount of money

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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
Recent Examples on the Web But even that is chump change relative to the $97 trillion agenda Sanders campaigned on. Andrew Follett, National Review, "Bernie’s Lost on Space," 28 Mar. 2021 While the $12,500 from Southern is chump change by current Beltway standards, all told Pallone took in the fifth-largest haul of corporate PAC money of any House candidate last cycle, as Sludge reported last week. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "What Are Frank Pallone’s Corporate Donors Getting for Their Money?," 23 Mar. 2021 But compared to the terrifying scale of the problem, the spending has been chump change. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "A Colder Week, But January Still Trending Milder Overall," 18 Jan. 2021 But compared to the terrifying scale of the problem, the spending has been chump change. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "A Colder Week, But January Still Trending Milder Overall," 18 Jan. 2021 If Tatis comes close to reaching his potential, by the end of his term his contract will be chump change. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Signing Tatis is good for the Padres, San Diego and baseball. We should have a parade for Seidler!," 27 Feb. 2021 But compared to the terrifying scale of the problem, the spending has been chump change. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "A Colder Week, But January Still Trending Milder Overall," 18 Jan. 2021 But compared to the terrifying scale of the problem, the spending has been chump change. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "A Colder Week, But January Still Trending Milder Overall," 18 Jan. 2021 But compared to the terrifying scale of the problem, the spending has been chump change. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "A Colder Week, But January Still Trending Milder Overall," 18 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of chump change

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Chump change.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chump%20change. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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chump change

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chump change

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

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