crumbs from (one's) table

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crumbs from (one's) table

An insufficient or unfair amount of something. I know he can afford to pay me more, so I refuse to accept crumbs from his table.
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crumbs from the rich man's table

An insufficient or unfair amount of something. I know he can afford to pay me more, so I refuse to accept crumbs from the rich man's table
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crumbs from someone's (or a rich man's) table

an unfair and inadequate or unsatisfactory share of something.
Luke 16:21 describes the beggar Lazarus as ‘desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table’.
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But Fianna Fail finance spokesman Michael McGrath said: "The banks have dropped a few crumbs from their table, despite the fact that variable rates in Ireland are more than 2% higher than the euro area average.
It would appear to me to be, as I've previously said, one set of rich people and the peasants looking for any crumbs from their table.
We are forever told how we depend on London; and how grateful we should be for crumbs from their table.
SIR - Sir Eric Howells (Letters, July 4) says the City of London and the South East are the powerhouse of Britain and we in Wales live of the crumbs from their table.
The Glazers just don't bother with the English media, apart from crumbs from their table to MUTV, the in-house version of Pravda.
Of course not, or does Mr Fussell want to return to the old days when we had unelected colonial governors imposed upon us, who would send millions of pounds back to their masters at Westminster, and we had to beg for a few crumbs from their table.
The truth is that the rich get what they want and the poor get the crumbs from their table.