small change


Definition of small change

1 : coins of low denomination

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Examples of small change in a Sentence

a pocket full of small change The fine is a lot of money to some people, but to him it's small change. My problems are small change compared to yours. He wasn't a major criminal. He was strictly small change.
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Recent Examples on the Web It’s a small change, but just that much more durable and aesthetically appealing. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "14 Target-worthy pieces of farmhouse decor you can get from Home Depot," 19 June 2020 To googologists, number lovers who strive to define and name ever-larger numbers, utility is not the point, and even Bryson’s 100 quadrillion is small change. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "There are a zillion different names for big numbers," 4 June 2020 That means that even small changes in its efficiency could significantly change atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and, as a result, global climate. Ken Buesseler, The Conversation, "Tiny plankton drive processes in the ocean that capture twice as much carbon as scientists thought," 21 May 2020 But like any change that affects your day-to-day life, adjusting to a new workflow is all about staying calm, making small changes, and being patient with yourself. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, "Going Back To Work After Time Away Can Be Tough. Here's How to Make It Easier," 4 May 2020 His adviser asked him to mathematically prove that a certain configuration of space-time is unstable — to show, in other words, that any small change to it would ultimately lead to a breakdown in the space-time itself. Quanta Magazine, "New Math Proves That a Special Kind of Space-Time Is Unstable," 11 May 2020 As businesses contemplate the return of workers to their desks, many are considering large and small changes to the modern workplace culture and trappings. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Inching toward reopening," 5 May 2020 Oregon State made another small change to its coaching roster Thursday as receivers coach Kefense Hynson adds passing game coordinator to his responsibilities. oregonlive, "Oregon State receivers coach Kefense Hynson promoted to passing game coordinator," 24 Apr. 2020 There have been small changes in county-by-county numbers from one day to the next when a person is listed in the wrong one, or found to be living out of state. Leada Gore |, al, "Number of coronavirus cases in Alabama dropped since yesterday: Here’s why," 18 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of small change

1679, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Jul 2020

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“Small change.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of small change

: coins that are not worth a lot of money
: an amount of money that is not large or important
: something or someone that is not important

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