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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In lieu of stopping altogether, there are small changes that can help. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "If you care about your impact on the planet, you should stop flying," 3 July 2019 But a seemingly small change in the Boston Housing Authority’s program for subsidized housing vouchers could help tenants in the Mercantile keep up with the new rents. Milton J. Valencia,, "In attempt to stem displacement, city will set value of housing vouchers by ZIP code," 18 May 2019 But Daniel is interested in keeping the town and hopes to make small changes. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Welcome to Gay Hell, Michigan, where only pride flags are allowed to fly," 18 June 2019 More than 90 percent of Scott’s genes returned to normal expression levels, but some small changes persisted. Bill Ingalls, National Geographic, "One-of-a-kind study of astronaut twins hints at spaceflight’s health effects," 11 Apr. 2019 The smallest change to a fighter’s exterior appearance can make the aircraft substantially more detectable to enemy radar systems. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A New Weapons Rack Just Increased the F-35’s Missiles by 50 Percent," 3 May 2019 Other employers are doling out small changes in job titles, or micro-promotions, to satisfy millennial workers’ craving for feedback, says Carolyn Betts Fleming, founder and CEO of Betts Recruiting in San Francisco. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Promotion That Comes Without the Pay Raise," 22 Aug. 2018 And although the White House eventually came around to bipartisan proposals to very slightly improve background checks and ban bump stocks, the compromises amount to fairly small changes to America’s weak gun laws. German Lopez, Vox, "I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.," 14 Feb. 2019 Back in 2013, some smart privacy-minded lawyers (notably Marcia Hofmann) began pointing out that a seemingly small change in technology may have a notable impact on the legal landscape. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "How Face ID could be a game-changer for aggressive US border agents," 1 Oct. 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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