tin-pot

adjective
\ ˈtin-ˈpät How to pronounce tin-pot (audio) \

Definition of tin-pot

: two-bit sense 1 tin-pot dictators

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Tin has never commanded as much respect as some other metals. As a reflection of this, its name has long been used in terms denoting the tawdry or petty. Tin-pot has been used for minor or insignificant things or people since the early 1800s. Tinhorn has named fakes or frauds (especially gamblers) since the second half of that century, and tin lizzie has been a nickname for an inexpensive car since Ford introduced the Model T. Another example is tin-pan, meaning "noisy, harsh, tinny." That word features in the name of the famous Tin Pan Alley, in which it evokes the tinny sound of pianos pounded furiously by musicians plugging tunes to producers.

First Known Use of tin-pot

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Tin-pot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tin-pot. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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