tin-pot
adjective Date: 1838 two-bit 2 <
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  • tin-pot — adj [only before noun] a tin pot person, organization etc is not very important, although they think that they are used to show disapproval ▪ a tin pot dictator …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tin-pot — [tin′pät΄] adj. Informal of little importance or value; insignificant, petty, inferior, etc. [a tin pot dictator]: also tinpot …   English World dictionary

  • tin-pot — /tin pot /, adj. inferior; paltry; shoddy. [1765 75; from the believed inferior quality of a tin pot] * * * …   Universalium

  • tin-pot — tin ,pot adjective a tin pot leader, country, etc. is one that is not very important or successful …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tin-pot — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: tin pot : poor or paltry in quality : wretched, inferior this tin pot town isn t the whole world Hartley Howard when the tin pot locomotive is unable to make the steepest grade, the passengers … pile out and push E …   Useful english dictionary

  • tin-pot — adjective (only before noun) a tin pot person, organization, etc is not very important, although they think that they are: a tin pot dictator …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tin-pot — /ˈtɪn pɒt/ (say tin pot) adjective Colloquial 1. inferior; petty; worthless. 2. of no account; insignificant: *If someone had to be sacrificed to avoid disclosure then it might as well be Sanwar. A tin pot radical. –nicholas hasluck, 1984 …   Australian English dictionary

  • tin pot — noun 1. : a pot made of tin or tinplate 2. : the vessel holding the molten tin in the tin plating process …   Useful english dictionary

  • tin-pot — adjective /ˈtɪn.pɒt,ˈtɪn.pɑːt/ a) Inferior; shoddy. b) Of a country, regime etc., autocratic, especially amusingly so. See Also: tin foil …   Wiktionary

  • Tin-pot — inferior; petty; worthless …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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