small potato

noun

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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This method works well with nearly all small potatoes — from little red potatoes to fingerlings. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "How to grill steak to perfection — it's all about controlling the heat," 5 June 2018 My only complaints about the Terrain are small potatoes. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: GMC Terrain gives you the ride you want—at a price," 23 Dec. 2018 Of course, that write-down is small potatoes compared with what happened nearly 16 years ago. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Seems Like Old Times at Verizon," 11 Dec. 2018 But these titans of industry are still small potatoes in the e-cigarette world, with their vapes consistently losing out to new-kid-on-the-block, Juul. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Juul’s nicotine salts are dominating the market — and other companies want in," 21 Nov. 2018 Those numbers make any emergency funding for disaster relief or military stimulus look like small potatoes. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump says there’s another tax cut on the way. We have no idea what he’s talking about.," 21 Oct. 2018 Don’t think of that household surplus as small potatoes: a single salt kitchen, run by a single household, could have turned out six tons of salt in a single season. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Small Mayan saltworks could have supplied thousands, preserved food," 9 Oct. 2018 Gee, this is 'small potatoes' compared to what Hillary Clinton did! D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "Kristen Bell Reading Donald Trump's Tweets Like Gossip Girl Is Getting Me Through Today," 27 Sep. 2018 In a large pot on the stovetop layer 3 quartered onions, 4 cloves crushed garlic, 12 small potatoes (such as red potatoes) halved, and red pepper flakes. Emily Weinberger, Good Housekeeping, "Easiest Ever Clambake," 7 July 2013

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First Known Use of small potato

1831, in the meaning defined above

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