a paltry sum

a paltry sum
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  • paltry sum — See a paltry sum …   English idioms

  • a paltry sum — a small amount of money, chicken feed, peanuts    What did I pay for this painting? A paltry sum I bought it at a garage sale …   English idioms

  • paltry — pal|try [ˈpo:ltri US ˈpo:l ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: paltry worthless material (16 19 centuries)] 1.) a paltry amount of something is too small to be useful or important ▪ paltry sum of money ▪ He received only a paltry £25 a day. 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • paltry — pal•try [[t]ˈpɔl tri[/t]] adj. tri•er, tri•est 1) cvb ridiculously or insultingly small: a paltry sum[/ex] 2) cvb utterly worthless: paltry clothes[/ex] 3) mean or contemptible: a paltry coward[/ex] • Etymology: 1560–70; < LG paltrig ragged… …   From formal English to slang

  • paltry — /ˈpɔltri / (say pawltree) adjective (paltrier, paltriest) 1. trifling; petty: a paltry sum. 2. trashy or worthless: paltry rags. 3. mean or contemptible: a paltry coward. {apparently from dialect palt rubbish. Compare Low German paltrig}… …  

  • paltry — paltrily, adv. paltriness, n. /pawl tree/, adj., paltrier, paltriest. 1. ridiculously or insultingly small: a paltry sum. 2. utterly worthless. 3. mean or contemptible: a paltry coward. [1560 70; < LG paltrig ragged, equiv. to *palter rag ( …   Universalium

  • paltry — adjective 1) a paltry sum of money Syn: small, meager, trifling, insignificant, negligible, inadequate, insufficient, derisory, pitiful, pathetic, miserable, niggardly, beggarly; informal measly, piddling; formal exiguous Ant …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • paltry — pal‧try [ˈpɔːltri ǁ ˈpɒːl ] adjective very small in number or amount and therefore not useful, important, or valuable: • As interest rates fell, returns on fixed income investments looked paltry compared with the stock market gains. * * * paltry… …   Financial and business terms

  • sum — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 amount of money ADJECTIVE ▪ considerable, generous, good, great, handsome, hefty, high, large, not inconsiderable (esp. BrE) …   Collocations dictionary

  • paltry — adj. Paltry is used with these nouns: ↑sum …   Collocations dictionary

  • zero-sum game — N SING If you refer to a situation as a zero sum game, you mean that if one person gains an advantage from it, someone else involved must suffer an equivalent disadvantage. They believe they re playing a zero sum game, where both must compete for …   English dictionary

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