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small beer

noun [U] uk   UK ( US small potatoes) informal us  
something that does not seem important when compared to something else: The insurance premium is small beer compared to what we'd have to pay if the house burned down.
Translations of “small beer”
in Chinese (Traditional) 無足輕重的事物…
in Chinese (Simplified) 无足轻重的事物…
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