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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But for the most accurate atomic clock ever made, small changes in gravity matter a great deal. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Our New Atomic Clock Is So Precise That We Need a Better Understanding of Gravity To Use It," 30 Nov. 2018 Everyone can easily do this with just a few small changes to everyday routines. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Is Back From Her Honeymoon and Working on an Anti-Plastic Initiative," 8 Nov. 2018 Messing with the climate, though unintentionally, is what got us into this mess, and by this point, humanity should have learned that even small changes can have drastic and wide-reaching consequences. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Harvard Scientists Are Really Launching a Sun-Blocking Geoengineering Experiment," 5 Dec. 2018 With electronics, many times the current version features just the smallest change from the prior year's model. Maria Carter, Woman's Day, "16 Habits of People Who Score Big Deals on Black Friday," 14 Nov. 2017 Some other small changes accompany this Twitter update. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Twitter adds Data Saver feature to its iOS and Android apps," 3 Oct. 2018 There are some small changes to how battles work, some good and some bad. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Review: Dragon Quest XI looks new but feels old," 4 Sep. 2018 In addition, small changes can have extreme impacts that are difficult to predict. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Warn Earth's Ecosystems Could Start Releasing CO2 On Their Own," 7 Aug. 2018 There are some small changes throughout some of the tabs as well, most notably to the System settings. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Android 9 Pie is here: What's new, what's awesome, and how to get it now," 6 Aug. 2018

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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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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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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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