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Having little or no significance or worth. They seem to think this penny ante increase to the minimum wage is some kind of massive victory that will change everyone's lives for the better. My wife always comes back from our vacations with a bag full of penny ante trinkets that get thrown out a year later.
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mod. trivial; cheap. (see also ante.) I’m sick of this penny-ante stuff. Let’s get serious.
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