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English definition of “small-time”

small-time

adjective     /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     /ˈsmɔːl.taɪ.mər/ US  /ˈsmɑːl.taɪ.mɚ/ noun [C] The police are arresting the small-timers when they should be going for the ringleaders.Miscellaneous criminals
(Definition of small-time adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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