crumbs from the rich man's table

crumbs from (one's) table

An insufficient or unfair amount of something. I know he can afford to pay me more, so I refuse to accept crumbs from his table.
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crumbs from the rich man's table

An insufficient or unfair amount of something. I know he can afford to pay me more, so I refuse to accept crumbs from the rich man's table
See also: crumb, rich, table

crumbs from someone's (or a rich man's) table

an unfair and inadequate or unsatisfactory share of something.
Luke 16:21 describes the beggar Lazarus as ‘desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table’.
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He criticises The Journal for seeming to say that we should "accept crumbs from the rich man's table while praying for jam tomorrow.
Nor do I want to see Wales being denuded of its natural resources without receiving any return, or just scraping along with diminishing crumbs from the rich man's table.
The formerly poor Lazarus, covered with sores that the dogs licked and hoping for crumbs from the rich man's table, was carried off by the angels to be with Abraham in comfort.
As the Liberals no longer exist as a political force, the choice is between crumbs from the rich man's table or bread from the breadline.
According to union representatives at Jacobs, Christmas bonuses are nothing short of crumbs from the rich man's table.
The risk is that it has won the ear of Ken Livingstone, and that his London Plan may give carte blanche to a forest of skyscrapers all around the City borders--in cahoots with the surrounding boroughs, who may welcome crumbs from the rich man's table.
Instead of restoring the pensions link to earnings, we are offered crumbs from the rich man's table.
The Journal seems to be saying we know this isn't adequate but we should accept crumbs from the rich man's table while praying for jam tomorrow Osborne's offer is undoubtedly puny compared with the needs of our region and in comparison with other English regions.
The Tory leader offers a few tainted crumbs from the rich man's table for the many while planning huge tax cuts for the few.
The argument seems to be that London is still drinking all the plonk, and eating all the bix, with the rest of us starving and constantly accepting crumbs from the rich man's table.