small change

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small change ‎(uncountable)

  1. Coins of little value kept in one's pocket or bag.
  2. (idiomatic) A minor or insignificant amount of money.
    The cost of toothpaste is small change compared to the cost of dental work.
  3. (idiomatic, by extension) A person or thing of little importance or value.

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This idiom can also used in the negative to indicate a great deal of money:

The car he wants costs $38,000, and that's no small change.

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