small change

noun

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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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 These small changes bring even more Spectre-chic to the Elitebook line without being garish. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "HP Elitebook x360 1030 review: Small tweaks made to a stylish work 2-in-1," 16 Nov. 2018 The engine restrictor plates that limit fuel flow will be decreased from 7/8 of a inch to 55/64 of an inch, a small change but one that is expected to cut speeds by as much as three miles per hour. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "NASCAR makes rule change after McMurray's car goes airborne at Talladega," 27 Apr. 2018 There are also lots of people working on more present-day AI ethics problems: algorithmic bias, robustness of modern machine-learning algorithms to small changes, and transparency and interpretability of neural nets, to name just a few. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "The case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity," 21 Dec. 2018 But solutions come in many sizes — and even small changes may be enough to avoid the extra pounds that can come with extra work. 1. Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "What's Your Emotional Eating Quotient?," 10 Oct. 2012 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

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First Known Use of small change

1679, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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small change

noun

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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