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English definition of “small-time”

small-time

adjective uk   /ˈsmɔːl.taɪm/ us    /ˈsmɑːl-/ disapproving
not very successful or important: a small-time crook a small-time theatreUnsuccessful (people and things)Of little or less importance
small-timer
noun [C] uk   /ˈsmɔːl.taɪ.mər/ us    /ˈsmɑːl.taɪ.mɚ/
The police are arresting the small-timers when they should be going for the ringleaders.Miscellaneous criminals
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