Definition of small fry in English:

small fry

Syllabification: small fry

noun

1Young fish, animals, or children.
More example sentences
  • We were surrounded instead by scores of other boats, all equally idle, and the only fish I saw all day were the silvery small fry used for bait, swimming in tight circles in their holding tank.
  • Rough season conceal the shoals of small fry upon which they survive.
  • For example, Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum and Cichlasoma citrinellum are able to discriminate their own small fry from those of other species.
1.1Insignificant people or things: high-ranking officials escaped prosecution while numerous small fry were imprisoned
More example sentences
  • There is no way the Crown Prosecution Service can stick the loans scandal merely on the small fry.
  • Some of those companies are big fish, and others are small fry.
  • She was one of the youngest members in the Dance Club after all, small fry and unimportant.

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