not worth the shot and powder

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not worth the shot and powder

dated Not worth killing (and thus wasting one's supply of bullets and gunpowder). Lower your rifle—that scrawny pheasant isn't worth the shot and powder. This petty thief ain't worth the shot and powder—just let him rot in a jail cell instead.
See also: and, not, powder, shot, worth
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