small beer Rate this phrase:(1.00 / 1 vote)
Something that is of relatively little importance.

The income from gold-plated widgets is small beer compared to the income from the standard ones.

Additional definitions for 'small beer':

small beerUsed other than as an idiom: see small, beer.
small beerBeer with a low alcoholic content.
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