chump change


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

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That’s chump change for those in Mr. Steyer’s income bracket, but Nevadans at 50% to 100% of the poverty level already spend 11% of their income on home energy bills. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Nevada’s Power Politics," 2 Nov. 2018 Raise Up members argue a sales-tax cut would hurt noble causes such as schools and public safety; a billion dollars isn’t chump change. Jon Chesto,, "Mass. retailers tout economic gains as selling point for cutting the sales tax," 24 May 2018 That’s chump change compared with what may be coming. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Trump Plots to Erase His Tax Cut," 27 June 2018 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,, "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,, "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

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First Known Use of chump change

1967, in the meaning defined above

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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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