chump change


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
Recent Examples on the Web The team’s owners, Terry and Kim Pegula, will put in only $335 million, chump change for a couple with a net worth north of $7 billion, according to Bloomberg. The Editors, National Review, 23 Apr. 2022 That's chump change for a company with over $200 billion of cash and securities on hand. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, 5 Mar. 2022 Over the course of his service on the board, Coca-Cola has paid him a total of $2.3 million dollars, according to S&P Global—which is, to be fair, chump change for someone whose 2020 CEO pay package was valued at $154 million. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, 10 Dec. 2021 But Walmart, long seen as the crown jewel to bringing crypto financial services into the mainstream, is another step up, even if the 200-kiosk pilot is chump change for a company with 4,700 stores. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Their $8000 surcharge comes with the territory and makes the $800 fee to change the calipers from yellow to black feel like chump change. Car and Driver, 25 Nov. 2021 Whether all this makes a difference depends on whether investing in sustainable fashion will in fact become viable for the average person—a $158 tech-enabled top doesn’t exactly qualify as haute couture, but that’s not chump change either. Nina Wolpow, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Cost savings could add up While that sounds like chump change for a program that runs nearly $800 billion a year, such distinctions have an impact, said Dr. Vikas Saini, Lown Institute president. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Nov. 2021 That’s chump change, considering Facebook’s vast revenues and the fact that the GDPR allows for fines of up to 4% of global turnover. David Meyer, Fortune, 14 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of chump change

1967, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2022

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“Chump change.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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