small beer

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small beer (uncountable)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see small,‎ beer.
  2. Beer with a low alcoholic content.
  3. (chiefly UK) Something that is of relatively little importance.
    The income from gold-plated widgets is small beer compared to the income from the standard ones.
    • Shakespeare
      to suckle fools, and chronicle small beer

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