Small-beer



noun
1.
weak beer.
2.
Chiefly British Slang. matters or persons of little or no importance.
noun
1.
(informal, mainly Brit) people or things of no importance
smacky lips
Also, small potatoes . Of little importance, as in Don’t listen to Henry; he’s small beer , or It’s silly to worry about that bill; it’s small potatoes . The first term alludes to a beer of low alcoholic content (also called light beer today) and was used metaphorically by Shakespeare in several plays. The variant may have been invented by frontiersman Davy Crockett; it was first recorded in 1836. Also see small fry , def. 2.

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