small change


Definition of small change 

1 : coins of low denomination

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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Even a small change in the Antarctic ice sheet might make a big change to sea level. Sarah Cahlan /, NBC News, "Antarctica is melting faster than we knew. Here's what it will take to save it.," 19 June 2018 In this complex system, a small change in one area will significantly affect others. Susan Waltz, Washington Post, "The Trump administration wants to make it easier to sell U.S. guns abroad. Here’s what you need to know.," 4 June 2018 Gartner analyst Brian Blau, who covers augmented reality, believes that Snap’s strategy to evolve its AR filters through small changes is smart. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "The Future of Snapchat Looks a Lot Like Magic Leap," 25 Apr. 2018 When there’s a small change, players notice; when there’s something big, everyone joins in. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fortnite has the most interesting video game story in years," 2 July 2018 Finder and Quick Look There are a number of very small changes to Finder, but the most significant ones are gallery view, metadata in a side panel, and expanded Quick Look actions. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "macOS Mojave: A visual tour of Dark Mode and other major features," 26 June 2018 Bleyl Enginering’s Derek Wind presented the updated plan which includes the removal of a grade separation at I-45 and Shenandoah Park and a small change to a section of Grogan’s Mill, moving it from a major arterial to a minor arterial road. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Shenandoah News & Notes: June 13," 14 June 2018 The point is to use technology in the way that’s best for you; aside from going black and white, other small changes, like turning off notifications, arranging apps by importance, and deleting distracting ones, could help too. Rob Tutton,, "The Surprisingly Easy Trick That Can Help You Use Your Phone a Little Bit Less," 14 June 2018 With 3 million drivers completing 15 million rides every day, any small change could ripple through a system in unexpected ways. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Uber's New Direction: Move Slow and Test Things," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of small change

1679, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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