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paltry

adjective uk   /ˈpɔːl.tri/  us   /ˈpɑːl-/
(of an amount of money) very small and of little or no value: Student grants these days are paltry. The company offered Frazer a paltry sum, which he refused. low in quality: She made some paltry excuse and left.
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