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small fry

1. A small, young child (or children). An allusion to newly hatched fish. Can be singular or plural, and can also be pluralized as "small fries." There's a bouncy castle out the back for the small fry, and we have video games set up in the living room for the older kids. You're still just a small fry. When you're bigger, you can come skateboarding, too.
2. By extension, trifling, unimportant, or inconsequential persons or things. I've been trying to raise my concerns about the project, but the company's upper management doesn't listen to small fry like me. The investigations have turned up small fries so far, but I think they're getting closer to the big money laundering scheme.
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small fry

 
1. Lit. newly hatched fish; small, juvenile fish. The catch was bad today. Nothing but small fry.
2. Fig. unimportant people. The police have only caught the small fry. The leader of the gang is still free. You people are just small fry! I want to talk to the boss.
3. Fig. children. Peter's taking the small fry to the zoo. We should take the small fry to the pantomime.
See also: fry, small

small fry

1. Young children, as in This show is not suitable for small fry.
2. Persons of little importance or influence, as in She wasn't about to invite the Washington small fry to the reception. Both usages allude to fry in the sense of "young or small fish." [Late 1800s]
See also: fry, small

ˈsmall fry

(informal) people, groups or businesses that are not considered to be important or powerful: These local companies are only small fry compared to the huge multinationals. OPPOSITE: a big name/noise/shot
See also: fry, small

small fry

1. n. anything or anyone small or unimportant. (Fry are juvenile fish.) Don’t worry about the small fry. You have to please the fat-cats.
2. n. small children. The small fries have eaten and are getting ready for bed.
See also: fry, small
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01 Combos which offer a choice of one of five full-sized sandwiches, small fries and a drink.
Perhaps that is what gives an increasing number of those once considered as small fries the impudence to take a swipe at the major powers when they get chance.
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But instead of throwing away all your good intentions, opt for a cheeseburger (310 calories, 12 grams of fat) and small fries (250 calories, 13 grams of fat) instead of a Quarter Pounder with Cheese (510 calories, 25 grams of fat) and large fries (570 calories, 30 grams of fat).
To claim your free small fries present this coupon at participating restaurants before you place your order.
It's a bit like doing your household budget and determining how many times you'll have large-sized fries versus small fries with your burger.
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If the biggest won't fight, the small fries will roll over.
In fact, McDonald's should do a scratcher game: If Costas slips up, everyone gets a small fries.
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