small fry

small fry
noun
1. a young person of either sex
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she writes books for children

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they're just kids

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`tiddler' is a British term for youngster

Syn:
child, ↑kid, ↑youngster, ↑minor, ↑shaver, ↑nipper, ↑tiddler, ↑tike, ↑tyke, ↑fry, ↑nestling
Derivationally related forms: ↑childly (for: ↑child), ↑childhood (for: ↑child)
Hypernyms: ↑juvenile, ↑juvenile person
Hyponyms:
Part Meronyms: ↑child's body
2. someone who is small and insignificant
Syn: ↑pip-squeak, ↑squirt
Hypernyms: ↑cipher, ↑cypher, ↑nobody, ↑nonentity

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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]

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small fry
1. Small things collectively, people or things of little importance
2. Children
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Main Entry:fry
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small fry noun
1. A small person
2. An unimportant or insignificant person (or people)
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Main Entry:small

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small fry UK US noun [plural] informal
people or things that are not important
Thesaurus: unimportant person or peoplesynonym

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small fry,
1. babies or children; small or young creatures: »

Small fry and their mothers may share similar creative art experiences at the People's Art Center (New York Times).

2. small fish.
3. Figurative. people or things having little importance: »

The forest giants among the trees do not kill the small fry under them (Scientific American).

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plural n. young fish, animals, or children
insignificant people or things

high-ranking officials escaped prosecution while numerous small fry were imprisoned

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noun, pl ⋯ fries
informal
1 US
1 a [count] : a child
— usually singular

I remember going to the beach when I was just a small fry.

1 b [noncount] :children

fun activities for the small fry

2 [noncount] : people or things that are not important

Big businesses are not concerned with the small fry.

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ˈsmall fry [small fry] noun uncountable + singular or plural verb (informal)
people or things that are considered unimportant compared to sb/sth else

That's small fry to her.

People like us are small fry to such a large business.

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small fry
see fry n.1 4.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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