Definition of small change in English:

small change

noun

mass noun
  • 1Coins of low value.

    ‘a couple of pounds in small change’
    • ‘He had collected the cash from a jar he used to deposit small change.’
    • ‘This gives me a great view of any abandoned coins in the street - so far this year, we've found a fiver plus loads of small change, all of which goes to a good cause - C's money box.’
    • ‘Advertisements on radio at the moment say there are millions of pounds in small change lying unused in homes throughout the country.’
    • ‘In short, why should a drug addict rob a convenience store for small change when he or she could score big cash by stealing someone's identity instead?’
    • ‘Where once they merely asked for small change, today some of their number demand cash and let fly with a mouthful of abuse at people who refuse.’
    • ‘‘Ah son, I have no small change, would you be able to change a fiver,’ she said to Mickey one day.’
    • ‘Hard-working waitresses reckoned the 16 per cent price hike would eat into their tips because customers would have less money in small change.’
    • ‘The King wanted to replace the cowry shells, used as small change, with copper coins.’
    • ‘Examples of the restored coinage and the new small change that was also introduced will be displayed in the exhibition.’
    • ‘Have you ever gone to a grocery store to exchange your accumulated small change for dollar bills in one of those coin-changing machines?’
    • ‘Luckily she had left her swimsuit and changed clothes at home, and the only things in her locker were textbooks, and some small change, which could be easily replaced.’
    • ‘These coins even included some useful new denominations in an attempt to ease the problem of a lack of small change by introducing the three-half pence and three-farthing coins.’
    • ‘Although the parking meters are functioning on the whole in King William's Town, it is always a nuisance having to remember to carry small change.’
    • ‘Where possible, small change should be exchanged for larger coins or notes in order to make the work of counting the money a little easier.’
    • ‘Traveling Indonesians will need a short period of adjustment in counting small change, whose nominal value is as low as one cent.’
    • ‘This system has changed my spending habits: I tend to hang on to my small change, preferring instead to break into £1 coins and notes, in order to boost the amount destined for the money box.’
    • ‘Every Friday for the last year the children have been taking their spare pennies or any small change from around the house to school.’
    • ‘He kissed her again and moved away from her, picking up bits and pieces from round the room: a handkerchief, his wallet and some small change from his bureaux.’
    • ‘Trouble is, most men do not understand ladies' handbags and can never seem to find the house keys, car keys, small change, or ringing cell phone on command.’
    • ‘The issuance of the new coins is to meet people's need for small change, as well as to support cash transactions, the bank said in a statement.’
    coins, change, coppers, silver, cash
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    1. 1.1 Something trivial.
      ‘his wrongdoings were small change compared to a lot of happenings in the city’
      • ‘Okay, that's small change compared with the billions involved in electronics exports, and a theme park doesn't exactly mesh with ambitions of a high-tech future.’
      • ‘That's small change compared to the interruptions facing today's superstars.’
      • ‘That the women's cricket team now has a sponsor - even it if is a stereotypical women's product, jewellery, is small change compared to the level of support for the men's team.’
      • ‘The £150,000 cost of replacing it seems small change compared to the 1986 total expenditure but given the extra pressures on council cash in 2003 it is still a tidy sum of money.’
      • ‘In the scheme of things, that's small change compared to the $1 billion the NIH has estimated will be needed to cure Parkinson's.’
      • ‘All the same, the dollars the consumer sector is losing at the pump are small change compared to inflating home equity (coupled with rising incomes).’
      • ‘That's small change compared with the $5 billion it estimates will be paid out in compensation over coming decades.’
      • ‘But that is small change compared to the leader of Milton Keynes council, who takes more than £32,000.’
      • ‘US $25 million is but a small change compared to some of the oil contracts we've handled in the past, but I guess beggars can't be choosers.’
      • ‘This being said, revenues related to online gaming have been, to date, negligible, but this may be small change if online gaming really takes off.’
      • ‘But the estimated £8m spent by the government on its defence team is small change compared with the cost to the UK and US governments on the trial and appeal.’
      • ‘But that is small change when compared with the money, jobs and business opportunities that could be generated within if the mine goes into production.’
      • ‘But this was small change when compared to the pay taken in by the top executives.’
      • ‘Our sources agree that the wealthy citizens of Athens conducted their business in minae, and that in these circles a drachma was small change.’
      • ‘The precise size of the world economy may not matter much from a policy point of view, though a $14 trillion difference is hardly small change.’
      • ‘Smaller companies have lower cost bases, and they are more likely to be able to get value from 10-million-barrel fields which would represent small change to the majors.’
      • ‘But that's small change to the former CEO, who's rumoured to be hanging out for $20 million.’
      • ‘If one adds the $3 billion to $5 billion cost of a $30 to $50 tax cut for the average worker, one sees that it is small change.’
      • ‘This is small change compared to the devastation caused to friends and family by the loss of their loved ones.’
      • ‘But this spending is small change in a world of $90-million contracts.’

Pronunciation

small change