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small-time

Syllabification: small-time

Definition of small-time in English:

adjective

informal
Unimportant; minor: a small-time gangster
More example sentences
  • The crooks range from small-time gangsters to big-time drug traffickers and international terrorists.
  • Ten years later, Rikidozan was killed by a small-time gangster, with a tanto, in a bar.
  • But Michael Rebell was never the small-time lawyer, with only a desk and a shingle, that some made him out to be.
Synonyms
petty, unimportant, insignificant, inconsequential, minor-league
informal penny-ante, piddling, two-bit, bush-league, picayune

Derivatives

small-timer

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noun
Example sentences
  • Large businesses don't care so much about regulation - medium-large ones can eat the cost, supersized ones can finagle the regs so that the rules actually favor them - but small-timers have neither money nor pull.
  • Whatever the proximate causes in such situations, fundamentally the problem is that small-timers with their local concerns acquire disproportionate clout when the electoral verdict is not clear-cut.
  • But the disadvantage to small-timers in the current system matters because getting a permit is the only way to access the dwindling number of sites in the Canadian Arctic with known or probable mineral deposits.

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