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A small amount of something:‘add a smidgen of cayenne’
small portion, small piece, piece, portion, segment, section, partView synonyms
- ‘Though made from an odd array of ingredients including a smidgen of potato flour, they did taste vaguely like French fries.’
- ‘Anybody with a smidgin of web sense will instantly spot that as an urban legend.’
- ‘She used the curvature of the chip to hold a smidgen of salsa.’
- ‘Jake White's Springboks played almost as well as the Australians really, lacking only a smidgeon of dash in the final 15-20 minutes.’
- ‘Give people exactly what they remember a genre is all about, add a smidgeon of irony/contemporary cultural reference to taste, count the money.’
Mid 19th century: perhaps from Scots smitch in the same sense.
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