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penny ante

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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In the Washington Post, Michael Massing declares it's beyond question that the media are connected to real-world violence, although I find it hard to believe that the movies he singles out-LA Confidential and Pulp Fiction- had anything to do with the inner-city violence that he says shaped his views: crackheads throwing children off rooftops, teens killed in penny ante drug deals (besides, isn't rap music the usual suspect here?
The others are penny ante crooks out for an easy score.
You know, Three Card Monty, 10/20 Switch, penny ante con, like that.
This is no penny ante business, either: DARE, which was specifically held up as exemplary in two sections of last fall's crime bill, is competing with other druged programs for a chunk of the more than $500 million the feds put aside for such instruction.
In a follow-up hit, ``The Monster,'' Benigni once again played an inept penny ante swindler type, who was this time confused with a serial rapist.
A man always replying to the penny ante mass mailing appeals for money from the Republican National Committee, especially those requests aimed at ardent pro-military right-wingers.