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See also: small-potatoes
A specialization of a sense of potato meaning a thing of little value, and a comment on the low value of a small potato in particular, appearing in its modern form in North America in the mid-19th century (see 1855 quotation).
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- (idiomatic) One or more persons or things of relatively little consequence, importance, or value.
- My paycheck is small potatoes compared to hers.
- He no longer works for individuals, since they are small potatoes compared to his corporate clients.
small fry — see small fry
- James A. H. Murray [et al.], editors (1884–1928) , “Potato”, in A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (Oxford English Dictionary), volume VII (O–P), London: Clarendon Press, OCLC 15566697, page 1185, column 2.
- “small potatoes” in John Russell Bartlett, Dictionary of Americanisms: A Glossary of Words and Phrases usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States, 4th edition, Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown, and Company, 1877, →OCLC.