rinky-dink


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rinky-dink

  (American informal)
not important or of bad quality (always before noun) We drove into a rinky-dink town in rural Pennsylvania. This isn't rinky-dink stuff - it's high quality furniture.

rinky-dink

(ˈrɪŋkiˈdɪŋk)
mod. cheap; inferior; broken down. I sold my rinky-dink old car yesterday.
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In an amateurish design similar to that of The Drudge Report, the Gun's rinky-dink Web site features mug shots, lists of musical performers' backstage demands and other "cool, confidential, quirky" firsthand documents--which the three guys find using old-school reporting wherewithal, filing Freedom of Information Act requests and mining government and law enforcement sources.
Set in 1925, when college football was all the rage but the professional league was a rinky-dink operation considered unfit for grown men, "Leatherheads" does deliver raucous sports shenanigans and tasty period flavor.
But I can't find any example of even the most rinky-dink "democracy" confining power continuously for seven terms over 28 years to four people from two families.
A lot of fakers emerged from Sheffield playing George Formby rinky-dink sub-Monkeys'-style songs.
It's rather rinky-dink and crude in appearance, but it locks up tight and feeds selected rimfire loads well.
In the big city it's all about saving space-that's why Puma has decided to jump into the pedal game with the foldable, ultraportable Biomega bike ($775), which proves you can have shrinky-dink size without rinky-dink style.
Elsewhere in the house, our rinky-dink new flat screen can only do what it does when all scarted up to its satellite umbilica.
Expanding on 4GW, Hammes says that the message is clear for any rinky-dink power or band such as al Qaeda wishing to shift the balance of power: "Only unconventional warfare works against established powers.
Liberal Larry" Moreland, who frequently used the "Latin" term "rinkidinkius payus, rinkidinkius gettus," which he translated as "You pay for rinky-dink, you get rinky dinky I was never certain if he was referring to the relatively inexpensive tuition or faculty salaries at that particular state college, but I am certain that the phrase applies to construction as well as higher education.
This was nothing less than "a terror plan that made Osama bin Laden's look rinky-dink," hyperventilates Kristof -- missing the point that local law enforcement foiled this grand scheme in timely fashion.
As for the rinky-dink home shopping and religious stations that clog many cable systems, you can blame the federal "must carry" law--a reflection of a long-standing official bias toward "localism.
Readable and amusing as an account of rinky-dink teenage protest by a typical bunch of Che/Lou Reed wannabes, Sixty-Nine is not quite the "hilarious" yet "poignant" story of "a time when we really believed we could change the world before it changed us" promised on the dust jacket.
There was talk last week of a "don't ask, don't tell" compromise, but that is the most rinky-dink nonsolution imaginable.
After all, how can a rinky-dink $3 million company accomplish something that Microsoft, with all its talent and resources and seven years of effort, still hasn't achieved?