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penny ante

Having little or no significance or worth. They seem to think this penny ante increase to the minimum wage is some kind of massive victory that will change everyone's lives for the better. My wife always comes back from our vacations with a bag full of penny ante trinkets that get thrown out a year later.
See also: ante, penny

penny-ante

mod. trivial; cheap. (see also ante.) I’m sick of this penny-ante stuff. Let’s get serious.
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Israel would have dismissed the matter with a shrug, the group of penny-ante anarchists would have turned around and left and our peace of mind would not have been disturbed", he said.
Dispiriting because it's precisely the sort of parochial, penny-ante rallying cry that might get a bandwagon rolling in the Welsh press, as shrill but well-drilled secessionist voices drown out the contented majority.
In reality, most of the thieves are not wealthy masterminds seeking to add to their private collection, but penny-ante burglars and robbers whose rap sheets include home invasions, bank robberies or drug dealing.
The second thing is that the amounts of money available are no more than penny-ante stakes, pounds 20 here, pounds 36 there.
The Russians look foolish because they seemed to screw up at the penny-ante stuff.
But the script's penny-ante philosophy left viewers shifting restlessly in their seats: A"Without filth, there can be no wisdom, without darkness, there can be no light.
But the pic's main source of comedy is Ricky's inexhaustible verbal virtuosity and the spectacularly inventive ways the gang's penny-ante heists self-destruct.
said, adding stock prices were pushed upward even with penny-ante trades.
The machine, a Rube Goldberg contraption of tubes, pumps, wires, and meters designed to monitor the subject's vital signs and record on smoke-blackened paper telltale jumps in blood pressure and breathing rate, was then chiefly known for finding thieves among honest sorority sisters in a series of breathlessly reported penny-ante Berkeley capers.
Vaudeville Wars, by Arthur Frank Wertheim, tells the frequently ugly story of the dozen or so Gilded Age moguls who transformed vaudeville from a penny-ante proposition into an organized nationwide industry.
A penny-ante game is defined as a game or series of games of poker, pinochle, bridge, rummy, canasta, hearts, dominoes, or mah-jongg in which the winnings of any player in a single round, hand, or game do not exceed $10 in value.
Moreover, no one knowledgeable about Capitol Hill expects even this penny-ante snipping to occur.
In the mid-1990s, Cuba began a measured enlargement of the private sector to allow penny-ante capitalism in such enterprises as the 12-chair restaurants (paladares) and bed-and-breakfast operations.
He said that on a quiet day in the Bronx courthouse, Kempton strolled into his courtroom for a penny-ante case.
Where he's found problems, they've been penny-ante schemes hatched by individual hustlers.