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penny ante

Having little or no significance or worth. (Used as an adjective before a noun.) 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.
See also: ante, penny
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And of course expressions like penny dread rid, penny ante, penny-pinching, and a host of others will be familiar to most.
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You know, Three Card Monty, 10/20 Switch, penny ante con, like that.
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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.