penny packet

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Noun[edit]

penny packet (plural penny packets)

  1. A small number of things or people; a small group. [from 1940s]

Adjective[edit]

penny packet (comparative more penny packet, superlative most penny packet)

  1. Paltry, insignificant. [from 1940s]
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 331:
      Scattered across the four corners of Algeria, it was employed [] like the penny-packet handling of the French armour which had brought such disaster in 1940.