Definition of small beer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


small beer

BrE BrE//ˌsmɔːl ˈbɪə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsmɔːl ˈbɪr//
(British English) (North American English small potatoes) [uncountable] (informal)
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a person or thing that has no great importance or value, especially when compared with somebody/something else Compared to all that it had happened to him recently, this latest crisis seemed fairly small beer.

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