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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.
See also: ante, penny

penny-ante

mod. trivial; cheap. (see also ante.) I’m sick of this penny-ante stuff. Let’s get serious.
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(12) The gambling statute provides for an exception to the law in the case of "penny ante" card games.
And of course expressions like penny dread rid, penny ante, penny-pinching, and a host of others will be familiar to most.
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.
PENNY ANTE. There is a small two-way artery which forks off close to the end of West Service Road just before Sucat.
The amount of P10 billion itself looks like penny ante compared to what Marcos stole, what Arroyo stole, what Erap stole.
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.