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(US) a glass of undiluted spirits.
|Charcoal Sketches (1865) III 23: Bring us one of the largest kind of smallers, a tumbler full of brandy and water, without no water in it.|
|Americanisms 316: The usual small glass of simple spirits is technically known as a smaller.|
(UK society) an informal dance (as opposed to a full-scale ball), to which few guests are invited and which starts early and ends before midnight; also attrib.
|Illus. London News 3 May 278: Lady Lyndhurst gave a ‘carpet’ dance on Tuesday night, at the residence of the Lord Chancellor, in George-street, Hanover square. it was a small and early party, at which about 250 fashionables assembled.|
|Our Mutual Friend (1994) 131: For the clearing off of these worthies, Mrs. Podsnap added a small and early evening to the dinner.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Oct. 12/1: What was the result of it all? We burn with shame (for Mayor Cain) to say merely a ‘small and early,’ or what they call a ‘Cinderella’ dance – a ‘hop’ of the most commonplace and unpretentious description.|
|S. Wales Echo 28 May 4/1: ‘Are you going to give a “small and early” — the fifth “small and early” this season?’.|
|Sporting Times 8 Oct. 1/3: She sometimes unexpectedly reveals / Her proficiency in that line at my ‘small and early’ teas.‘Young Actresses’|
|Morn. News (Wilmington, DE) 9 Apr. 7/8: Two series of ‘Small and Early’ dances have been held in Wilmington.|
an insignificant thing; usu. in negative.
|Sporting Times 25 July 1/2: He is a shady, a very shady, financier, but he thinks no small beans of himself. ‘I’m a gentleman all right,’ he says, ‘though I may not ’ave blue blood in my veins.’.|
|Plunder (2005) 268: Our deal in gasoline’s going to look like small beans next to the deal I’ve got lined up now.|
|Old father Antic 36: Aw sure, he made a strike on a work project one time. But that was small beans.|
|Pittsburgh Post-Gaz. (PA) 14 Nov. 10/5: I always considered you up there in the Big Time. Now everyone knows you were only small beans.|
|Stand (1990) 57: His own sudden good fortune probably looked small bananas to Wayne.|
|Christine 413: The main target was not Arnie, who was small beans, but Will Darnell.|
|Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 227: And she’d starred as an extraterrestrial sheila in eight episodes of that grand old knobbly, ‘Dr Who’. I mean, that’s not real small pickles if you ask me.|
|How to Rig an Election 95: Even Newt himself was small beans compared to Haley, because Haley controlled the RNC’s money.|
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(US) trivial, insignificant.
|Congressional Record 14 Feb. 1804/2: No small-bore, two-by-four, radical politicians can hurt that great court [DA].|
(US black) anything insignificant, esp. a small amount of money.
|Esquire Nov. 70I: crumbs: a small amount of money. Small bread.|
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|True Drunkard’s Delight 228: You may have a [...] small cheque.|
(UK und.) a clergyman.
|Proc. Old Bailey 90/2: Beck. Boys, says he, here’s a Smallcoal-man, let us stop him, for they wear the best of Hats Court. A Smallcoal-man, what did he mean by that. Beck. A Parson. We always call a Parson a Smallcoal-man, because their Dresses are pretty much alike.|
that which is inferior, worthless, second-rate.
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
a euph. for the lavatory in a private house.
|It isn’t Done 59: It is all very baffling for the uninitiated foreigner [...] who when his host offers to ‘show him the geography of the house’ finds that his tour begins and ends with the smallest and most strictly utilitarian room.|
|Dly Herald 15 June 3/6: [advert for Harpic lavatory cleaner] Secret of the Smallest Room.|
|Picture Post 15 Jan. 47: [advert for Harpic lavatory cleaner] Every day, your ‘smallest room’ needs a cleaner strong enough to scour right round the S-bend.|
|Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976) 224: The smallest room in the house was situated at the top of the stairs.|
|Forced Landing 46: ‘Where’ve you been, wise guy?’ [...] ‘I’ve been to the small house.’.‘Bad Times, Sad Times’ in Mutloatse|
|(con. 1940s) Second From Last in the Sack Race 135: ‘I need the smallest room in the house,’ said Uncle Teddy. ‘Where is it?’.|
|Dict. of Obscenity etc.|
|Sydney Morn. Herald 16 Dec. 170/3: We don’t often appreciate the smallest room in the house.|
|Retox Diet 92: The end result is that when you do visit the smallest room in the house, the pristine porcelain will often end up looking as if [etc.].|
(orig. US) a very large sum of money, esp. when paid out for some commodity.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 9 July 36/1: As to sore backs. These undoubtedly do occur, and the animal has such an immobile and hard-faced expression of countenance (’twould be a small fortune to a poker player), that one cannot tell whether he is pleased or otherwise with the same.|
1. to rob in the street.
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 420/2: Everything was torn off my back, and the bread was taken away from me, and because I said a word I got well walloped (renewed laughter). They ‘small-ganged’ me.|
|Leamington Spa Courier (Warwicks.) 9 Dec. 8/2: The victim was duly ‘small-ganged’ and pillaged.|
|Sketches of Vagrant Life 5/1: They ‘small-ganged me’ me; and afterwards I went seven days to prison because they tore my clothes.|
2. in fig. use.
|Chelmsford Chron. (Essex) 10 Mar. 3/3: I sould be ‘small-ganged’ if I went to work for 1s. a day.|
(US gay) a small penis.
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 42: small meat (n.): A small penis; the homosexual rarely becomes generous in appraisal of anything under 8 inches.|
|Gayle 87/1: PLM (abbr.) Princess Little Meat – someone with a very small penis.|
(US gambling) a bet of $50.
|Complete Guide to Gambling.|
|‘Poker Dictionary’ on Planet Poker [Internet] small nickel (n phrase) 1. A $50 bill. 2. $50 in cash. 3. $50 in chips.|
(US) an alto saxophone.
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(US) someone or something insignificant, unimportant.
|Digger’s Game (1981) 108: He was small shit and he was happy being small shit.|
|Stand (1990) 1320: Without me, the best you could have done was small shit.|
|Broken 4: Passed up the small shit, waited for Oscar to make his big play.‘Broken’ in|
(US) a term of address to a short person, slightly derog.
|You Chirped a Chinful!! n.p.: Gimme dat hammer, small stuff.|
|Hartford Courant (CT) 5 Dec. A09/3: ‘Hey, you, small stuff, are you any good at the gymnastics floor routine?’.|
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