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
Recent Examples on the Web Merck stock fell more than 2.6% (not exactly chump change for a $230 billion market value company) on news that its superstar treatment couldn’t match up to plain old chemotherapy for a certain form of lung cancer. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "The FDA Kept Up Its Drug Approval Streak In 2019," 7 Jan. 2020 The $170 million in fines that YouTube paid is, compared with parent company Alphabet's staggering $38.9 billion quarterly revenue, chump change. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "The FTC’s 2020 COPPA rules have YouTube creators scared," 6 Jan. 2020 Next to that, the EDIF grant to Geekdom is chump change. Greg Jefferson,, "Jefferson: Economic development — or a giveaway of tax dollars?," 7 Nov. 2019 In the Facebook universe, this is the chumpiest of chump change. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Facebook’s bogus video claims just cost it $40 million, but they caused much more damage," 10 Oct. 2019 And today’s parting shot amounts to chump change for a billionaire. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kickin’ It with Kiz: Hey, we get it Chris Harris. The Broncos’ woes are never your fault.," 5 Oct. 2019 The newest Apple Watch Series 4 models will set you back at least $329, which is not chump change, and the fact that watchOS only works fully when connected to an iOS device basically shuts out all Android device users. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Smartwatches worthy of replacing your favorite timepiece," 8 Aug. 2019 The tax credit isn’t chump change: Torgerson said it would be valued at 24 percent of the project’s cost. Jon Chesto,, "R.I. delegation raises concerns with speed of offshore wind review," 30 July 2019 This fig leaf deal releases Facebook without requiring any real privacy protections—no restraints on data use, no accountability for executives, nothing more than chump change fines. NBC News, "Facebook's $5 billion fine blasted by politicians and consumer advocates," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of chump change

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Chump change.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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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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