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 While environmental movements can sometimes feel myopic and self-congratulatory in any ecosystem, every small change accumulates and trickles down and has resounding effects. Anelise Chen, The Atlantic, 27 May 2021 Most of the time, our unaided intuition would suggest that a small change of density should lead only to a bit more burn. Julia Brodsky, Forbes, 29 May 2021 The Cedarburg School Board has decided to keep its mask policy in place — with one small change — for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, after a lengthy public debate April 27. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2021 The state had 254 filings, showing that even a small change in the small state can have a big impact on its ranking. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 May 2021 While that may seem small, Airbnb ratings are often quite high, which means a small change can be significant. Alexander Davidson, The Conversation, 27 Apr. 2021 The swap that had the lower hurdle of 22.4% was somewhat more aggressive, putting about $250,000 at risk for a small change in volatility, compared with roughly $150,000 at risk for the swap with the higher hurdle. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 Raindrops on Titan, which are made of methane rather than liquid water, are thought to be around twice the size of raindrops on Earth, but that’s still a very small change for such a wildly different planet. Mike Wehner, BGR, 7 Apr. 2021 Often a small change can have a big impact on your estate plan. Christine Fletcher, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of small change

1679, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of small change was in 1679

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20 Jun 2021

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“Small change.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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