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See also: tinpot
Originated in the 1700s, from the low esteem for a tinker's wares. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈtɪn.pɒt/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈtɪn.pɑːt/
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- (informal) Inferior; shoddy.
- 1899 February, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number M, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, […], OCLC 1042815524, part I:
- It was a great comfort to turn from that chap to my influential friend, the battered, twisted, ruined, tin–pot steamboat.
- (informal) Of a country, regime etc., autocratic, especially amusingly so.