from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Informal A person or thing regarded as unimportant.
- n.pl. Informal An insignificant amount or sum.
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- n. One or more persons or things of relatively little consequence, importance, or value.
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The popular saying about its people is “Shámi shúmi!” — the Syrian is small potatoes (to render the sense Americanicè).
A fellow who's got the making of a five-thousand-dollar office man in him may not sell enough lard to fry a half-portion of small potatoes if you put him on the road.
On rods and blind baggages I fought my way from the open West, where men bucked big and the job hunted the man, to the congested labor centres of the East, where men were small potatoes and hunted the job for all they were worth.