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two-bit

Insignificant. "Two bits" is a term for 25 cents, based on an older division of a dollar into eight "bits." Oh, Frank's just a two-bit criminal—he never could have masterminded an elaborate scheme like this.

two-bit

mod. cheap; small-time. Max is just a two-bit pusher. I want Mr. Big.
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The answer is deceptively obvious: In the war on terror, the American people don't need the help of two-bit felons.
It looks cheap and boxy, like an in-house magazine from some two-bit business concern.
Even as the Reagan-Bush administration promised to minimize the scope and size of the federal government, it waged a gratuitous, invasive, multi-front campaign against pleasure-seeking: It reinvigorated the War on Drugs, pushing through grotesquely draconian laws that have helped create a national drug-gulag system the envy of every two-bit dictatorship.
The grizzled, two-bit tough; the dogged, old-school detective and his energetic young proteges; the long-suffering wife and the speak-no-evil girlfriend; the theatrical mob lawyer.
The US loses its right to lecture the world when a moral crusader is a two-bit, thricemarried slime ball guilty of dodgy political dealing.
Intel's StrataFlash uses a two-bit per cell technology, while Samsung relies on a single bit per cell.
Every two-bit local wannabe G-man joined the dragnet, searching out and identifying "communist spies.
They demonstrate that a two-bit quantum gate is sufficient for building any quantum logic network.
Without the aid of a videotape, most of these two-bit hoods would end up stealing the $9.
When Boris Yeltsin dissolved Russia's duly elected parliament in September, the Clinton Administration and its faithful in the media twisted themselves into contortions to deny the obvious: that Yeltsin had acted like any two-bit dictator.
Inexplicably, the powers-that-be are eager to hand out gongs to captains of industry and two-bit politicians but tardy when it comes to impresarios and entertainers.