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small potatoes

something or someone insignificant; small fry. This contract is small potatoes, but it keeps us in business till we get into the real money. Small potatoes are better than no potatoes at all.
See also: potato, small

small potatoes

n. something or someone insignificant. This contract is small potatoes, but it keeps us in business till we get into the real money.
See also: potato, small

small potatoes

An inconsequential amount or insignificant item or matter. Dating from the mid-19th century, the phrase suggests not bothering with undersized spuds while harvesting or buying the vegetable.
See also: potato, small
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The organic farmers Small Potatoes works with, meanwhile, are motivated not just by altruism, but by the savings they reap by having gleaners, rather than laborers, take care of their unmarketable leftovers.
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The results: the big potatoes stayed seated for about 2 1/2 hours longer per day than the small potatoes.
Ingredients: 1 can low-sodium tomato soup 2 cans water 5 low-sodium beef bouillon cubes 2 carrots 2 small potatoes 4 stalks celery 1 small onion 1/4 cup chopped cabbage 1 cup peas 1 cup corn
By any humanitarian measure, Slobodan Milosevic was small potatoes compared to Saddam.
As can be seen, these segments are still small potatoes, but it's obvious that publishers have turned the corner on losses at new media operations and are well on the way to making them profit centers in their own right -- small profit centers, but then, every penny counts.
That's because most word-processing and spreadsheet operations are relatively small potatoes by comparison, and their data flow is too small to be affected by the chip capacity difference.
The recent twin scandals at the New York Times concerning reporters Jayson Blair and Rick Bragg are small potatoes compared to the big brouhaha brewing over Walter Duranty, the Times' long-dead-and-buried celebrity embarrassment.
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Washington, there may be a certain je ne sais quoi to having Susan Sarandon grace your fundraiser, but Hollywood is small potatoes when it comes to the economic well-being of the typical American voter.
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He has also been in a Channel Four sitcom Small Potatoes as well as his own stage shows with titles like Short Fat Kebab Owner's Son and Warm to My Winning Smile.
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