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penny ante

  (American)
of little value or importance He was proposing some penny ante increase in child-care that amounted to an extra ten dollars a week. We were burgled but they didn't take much - just penny ante stuff in the front office.
See also: ante, penny
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And of course expressions like penny dread rid, penny ante, penny-pinching, and a host of others will be familiar to most.
The others are penny ante crooks out for an easy score.
You know, Three Card Monty, 10/20 Switch, penny ante con, like that.
This is no penny ante business, either: DARE, which was specifically held up as exemplary in two sections of last fall's crime bill, is competing with other druged programs for a chunk of the more than $500 million the feds put aside for such instruction.
In a follow-up hit, ``The Monster,'' Benigni once again played an inept penny ante swindler type, who was this time confused with a serial rapist.
A man always replying to the penny ante mass mailing appeals for money from the Republican National Committee, especially those requests aimed at ardent pro-military right-wingers.