small fry

Small fry
If someone is small fry, they are unimportant. The term is often used when the police arrest the less important criminals, but are unable to catch the leaders and masterminds.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • small fry — {n.} 1. Young children. * /In the park, a sandbox is provided for the small fry./ 2. Something or someone of little importance. * /Large dairies ignore the competition from the small fry who make only a few hundred pounds of cheese a year./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • small fry — {n.} 1. Young children. * /In the park, a sandbox is provided for the small fry./ 2. Something or someone of little importance. * /Large dairies ignore the competition from the small fry who make only a few hundred pounds of cheese a year./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • small fry — small fry, adj. 1. children: a treat for the small fry. 2. unimportant persons or objects: Her parties were closed to the small fry. 3. small or young fish. [1895 1900] * * * …   Universalium

  • small fry — small′ fry n. pl. 1) very young children 2) unimportant persons or things 3) small or young fish • Etymology: 1895–1900 small′ fry , adj …   From formal English to slang

  • small fry — n [U] people or things that are not important when compared to other people or things ▪ There s no point in arresting the small fry …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • small fry — ► PLURAL NOUN 1) young or small fish. 2) young or insignificant people or things …   English terms dictionary

  • small fry — small ,fry noun plural INFORMAL 1. ) AMERICAN very young children 2. ) people or things that are not important …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • small fry — pl.n., n. ☆ 1. children ☆ 2. people or things regarded as insignificant Sometimes used in sing …   English World dictionary

  • small fry — noun 1. a young person of either sex she writes books for children they re just kids tiddler is a British term for youngster • Syn: ↑child, ↑kid, ↑youngster, ↑minor, ↑s …   Useful english dictionary

  • small fry — N UNCOUNT: also N in pl (small fry is both the singular and the plural form.) Small fry is used to refer to someone or something that is considered to be unimportant. They owed ₤92,897 to the Inland Revenue. But that is small fry compared to the… …   English dictionary

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