penny-ante

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adjective pen·ny-an·te \ ˈpe-nē-ˈan-tē \

Definition of penny-ante

First Known Use of penny-ante

1865


penny ante

noun

Definition of penny ante

:poker played for very low stakes

First Known Use of penny ante

1855


PENNY-ANTE Defined for English Language Learners

penny-ante

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adjective

Definition of penny-ante for English Language Learners

  • : not important, valuable, or impressive


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