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chump change

A tiny, trifling, and/or inconsequential amount of money. To most people, $2,000 is a lot to spend on anything, but to the country's mega rich, it is merely chump change. I'm only getting paid chump change for all this hard work I'm doing.
See also: change, chump

chump change

A trivial sum of money, a trivial matter. For example, Dave was sick of working for chump change; he wanted a decent salary, or Don't put that on the agenda; it's chump change. This expression uses chump in the sense of "a fool or sucker who should be ignored." [Slang; 1960s] Also see chicken feed.
See also: change, chump

chump change

n. a small amount of money; the kind of salary or amount of money a chump would work for. I refuse to work for chump change! I want a real job.
See also: change, chump
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The latter figure was regarded as a calamitous amount only a few years ago; now is treated like chump change.
That is not chump change, and if you couple that with the $269 million provided for EETT in the current budget, states will have $919 million to distribute in technology money this summer.
Chump change compared with a bank bailout, perhaps, but at least it will generate jobs, goose local economies, make much-needed infrastructure improvements and create a need for insurance coverage.
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Okay, their income from Alan Hutton and Europe last season takes up more than half that, but it's not exactly chump change - it just hasn't been spent particularly wisely.
Even so, when that figure is applied to a $500 billion company, it amounts to an extra $80 million, hardly chump change.
Now, $17 million is not exactly the biggest ad budget out there, but it's not chump change, either.
There are plenty of buyers out there to whom a $100,000 airplane purchase is chump change.
Fifteen years ago, long-term disability and short-term disability costs were chump change," said workers' comp consultant Richard Pimentel, a senior partner in the firm of Milt Wright and Associates.
125,500, the average bonus on Wall Street in the beginning of 2006, will seem like chump change at the start of 2007 when bonuses averaging $650,000 are expected to have a major impact on first quarter sales numbers.
After four years of ranting and raving about the GOP phone-jamming scandal, they settle for chump change and don't even get an apology.
The business generates a reported $10 billion a year, and, while that figure may be chump change to casino owners, incremental gains in the new industry's growth may force a quick end to the euphemistic use of "gaming" in reference to "gambling.
Now that ain't chump change and brings a whole new meaning to putting your money where your mouth is.
But is this chump change for the world's fifth-largest oil exporter?