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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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 Such a financial punishment for purposeful, blatant illegality is chump change for a company that makes tens of billions of dollars every year. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Facebook’s FTC fine will be $5 billion—or one month’s worth of revenue," 12 July 2019 And the exemption only reduced city revenues by about 70 million dollars, according to San Francisco’s chief economist, chump change compared with San Francisco’s 11-billion-dollar budget. James Sutton, National Review, "Don’t Blame Big Tech for San Francisco’s Homelessness Crisis," 13 June 2019 The cost is about $4,000, which isn't exactly chump change. Samantha Lefave, Redbook, "I Had My Armpit Fat Sucked Out Just Like Chrissy Teigen," 26 May 2017 To be sure, $200 million is chump change in the fantasy land of pop culture. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "Where Did All the Patrons Go?," 13 Feb. 2019 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

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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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