small potato


Definition of small potato 

: one that is of trivial importance or worth usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction

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Monday's weather was small potatoes compared to what will hit the region late Wednesday. Dale Kasler And Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Rain, snow and hail pound Northern California at end of bone-dry February," 27 Feb. 2018 Image Huckleberry Gold is a small potato, golden within a robe of regal purple, that delivers smooth texture and rich flavor. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Western Spud Heads East," 19 June 2018 On a scale from zero to influencing the outcome of the United States presidential election, the Twitter dustup that threatens to engulf 76ers front-office boss Bryan Colangelo is small potatoes indeed. Bob Ford,, "Hard to see how Bryan Colangelo survives his Sixers Twittergate | Bob Ford," 30 May 2018 Now that’s no small potatoes, but even more astonishing is that this could be the wettest air mass on record in central California. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "‘Potent’ atmospheric river to bombard central California on Friday and Saturday," 5 Apr. 2018 This method works well with nearly all small potatoes – from little red potatoes to fingerlings. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 Compared to Hanoi and Prague, the Miss America contest that took place in Atlantic City in September 1968 may seem like small potatoes. Alan Wolfe, The New Republic, "A Most Violent Year," 18 May 2018 That’s small potatoes in a $3 trillion annual federal budget. Alex Theodoridis, Washington Post, "Trump just praised earmarks. Here's what the fuss is about.," 12 Jan. 2018 That’s small potatoes compared to, say, beauty or gaming influencers boasting tens of millions of followers. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "The Hustlers Fueling Cryptocurrency’s Marketing Machine," 12 June 2018

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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