penny ante




Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - penny ante

"penny ante"

of very little value or importance

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - penny ante

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Do you think we are going to have production problems with the loss of Supplier A?

Colleague 2:  Not at all. Supplier A was just a penny-ante supplier. They barely accounted for five percent of our raw materials.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - penny ante

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Trouble at home?

Friend 2:  My wife is complaining about me always leaving the toilet seat up.

Friend 1:  Seems penny ante to me.

Friend 2:  I thought so too. I take care of all the repairs around the house, do housework, drive the kids to their various activities and keep the lawn in great shape. I always remember birthdays and anniversaries. Compared to all that, a toilet seat seems like a minor issue.





penny ante - Usage:

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penny ante - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for penny ante.



penny ante - Examples:

1)  ... mere half a million dollars a year or less and thus qualified for a penny ante tax credit worth only about $300 a year.

2)  ... was sentenced to up to 33 years in prison for an unrelated penny ante Las Vegas robbery that legal experts say may not even have been a crime.

3)  ... if you're talking terror, that South Asian war is penny ante compared to the sort of event that would be associated with the thousands of nuclear ...

4)  ... wants the Health Department to play penny ante with the working poor, the big costs are ignored - pharmaceutical companies are bigger ...

5)  ... that's why having this press conference to announce these little mealy-mouth, penny ante solutions that will do nothing.

6)  This isn't any penny ante bonus content here either; each of the three games in the collection is a full game.

7)  It's all penny-ante stuff, barely an "accounting" glitch, ethically speaking.

8)  It's possible to tell such penny-ante street pushers from those who have gone big-time.

9)  ... but these attacks are commanded by penny-ante crooks who are able to harness millions of low-powered, insecure Internet of Things devices.

10)  ... and the extremely poor who turn to penny-ante street pushing to survive from day to day ...

11)  CSIRO is a scientific establishment held in great esteem across the world, not some penny-ante start up venture in Silicon Valley.

12)  When a penny-ante operator is caught swindling Medicaid, he risks being caught, convicted and maybe incarcerated ...

13)  ... would bother filling out expense claims for breakfast, postage stamps and other penny-ante items.

14)  ... after serving six years for violating parole on a $37 check-forgery conviction, penny-ante career criminal ...

15)  ... but hand out fines, not criminal charges, for first-time and penny-ante offenders.

16)  Its sole result has been to expose the penny-ante excesses of the province's language laws.

17)  ... have had to put their lives on the line to nab penny-ante marijuana dealers?

18)  We're not talking about personal use of printer paper, or penny-ante padding of corporate expense accounts. We're talking arrogance and assumed privilege on a huge scale.

19)  ... years in prison and a fine of $10,000. (Cops later tacked on a penny-ante little weed possession charge too.)

20)  ... and I realize this is like really penny-ante stuff compared to this huge thing they're dealing with there.