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two-bit

  (American informal)
of very little value or not important (always before noun) The man was shot by a two-bit crook who nobody ever heard of.

two-bit

mod. cheap; small-time. Max is just a two-bit pusher. I want Mr. Big.
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The 'Gate-less Community," July/August) Those good ol' boys--awash in oil, money, graft, and slick bookkeeping--are turning out to be more crooked than the crookedest two-bit Texan card shark.
The answer is deceptively obvious: In the war on terror, the American people don't need the help of two-bit felons.
It looks cheap and boxy, like an in-house magazine from some two-bit business concern.
Even as the Reagan-Bush administration promised to minimize the scope and size of the federal government, it waged a gratuitous, invasive, multi-front campaign against pleasure-seeking: It reinvigorated the War on Drugs, pushing through grotesquely draconian laws that have helped create a national drug-gulag system the envy of every two-bit dictatorship.
In 16 years, ad agency Saatchi and Saatchi grew from a two-bit company to a billion pound global business.
As Jose Canseco conspires with Oliver Stone on a movie treatment involving a steroid conspiracy within Major League Baseball that goes all the way to the commissioner's office, think about all the two-bit actors who could play the part of Bud Selig.
Intel's StrataFlash uses a two-bit per cell technology, while Samsung relies on a single bit per cell.
Every two-bit local wannabe G-man joined the dragnet, searching out and identifying "communist spies.
The grizzled, two-bit tough; the dogged, old-school detective and his energetic young proteges; the long-suffering wife and the speak-no-evil girlfriend; the theatrical mob lawyer.
They demonstrate that a two-bit quantum gate is sufficient for building any quantum logic network.
Without the aid of a videotape, most of these two-bit hoods would end up stealing the $9.
Inexplicably, the powers-that-be are eager to hand out gongs to captains of industry and two-bit politicians but tardy when it comes to impresarios and entertainers.
First-time filmmaker Li certainly gives you a feel for the grim landscapes and unforgiving world that plays host to unscrupulous capitalists and two-bit con men.
When Boris Yeltsin dissolved Russia's duly elected parliament in September, the Clinton Administration and its faithful in the media twisted themselves into contortions to deny the obvious: that Yeltsin had acted like any two-bit dictator.
Two-cent predictions on the Super Bowl from two-bit celebrities who wouldn't return our calls (probably because we never bothered to call in the first place), so as usual, we had to make 'em up because it just works better that way: