small fry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n small fry a young person of either sex "she writes books for children","they're just kids","`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
    • n small fry someone who is small and insignificant
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Small fry small things collectively, persons or things of little importance
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Idioms

Small fry - If someone is small fry, they are unimportant. The term is often used when the police arrest the less important criminals, but are unable to catch the leaders and masterminds.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. fri—Ice. frió; Dan. and Sw. frö.

Usage

In literature:

So he got the net out and was soon endeavoring to trap a few small fry.
"Dick the Bank Boy" by Frank V. Webster
What business have you to be going out at night at the invitation of contemptible small fry, like this little Wildney?
"Eric, or Little by Little" by Frederic W. Farrar
The first pleasure of young anglers is to catch these small fry; and the next is, to make their sisters and cousins eat them.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Mix all well together and make into small rounds, flour them and fry until brown.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
Make in small balls egg-shaped, and fry in boiling lard.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
They should be broiled or roasted, never fried, and never given oftener than once daily, and then only in small quantity.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
A howl of joy went up from the small fry who had been "ragging" Tim all the time.
"War and the Weird" by Forbes Phillips
Cut a half pound of beef or mutton into small bits and fry as usual with onions and curry powder.
"The Khaki Kook Book" by Mary Kennedy Core
Such articles as oysters, smelts, or any small things, should be fried at a temperature of 380 deg.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
Cut any white fish in small pieces and fry in this after first rolling the fish in flour.
"The Cookery Blue Book" by Society for Christian Work of the First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, California
So it did: a quite, quite small bit of fried beef, a few potatoes and a bit of cauliflower.
"Sea and Sardinia" by D. H. Lawrence
Put a tablespoonful of butter into a frying-pan and fry in it a sweet pepper and a small onion both chopped fine.
"The Myrtle Reed Cook Book" by Myrtle Reed
But I suppose on these occasions small fry like me have to put up with that sort of thing.
"Caesar's Wife" by William Somerset Maugham
I hope Susan and John are diligently employed at school, and that the rest of our small fry are doing well.
"Memoir of John Howe Peyton" by Various
Here our trunk was hoisted on the head of a stout fellow, all the small fry of the harbor squabbling for our minor luggage.
"From the Oak to the Olive" by Julia Ward Howe
Heat small frying pan in which a little butter has been melted.
"New Royal Cook Book" by Anonymous
Her face shone with pride and her eyes glistened as the small fry, discoursing in excited whispers, filed stiffly out.
"The Strand Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 161, May 1904" by Various
Make into small balls, and fry brown.
"Clayton's Quaker Cook-Book" by H. J. Clayton
Have a very small frying pan with plenty of very hot olive oil in it.
"The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book" by Victor Hirtzler
Cut some of the fat in small pieces and try out in frying pan.
"Foods and Household Management" by Helen Kinne
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In poetry:

Should a shoal of small fry
Attempt to draw nigh,
With a flap of his tail,
Th' imperial whale
Makes them pay for their rashness, and die.
"Two Songs" by Sir John Carr
Till at last they shall cry,
"We are the small fry,
And Britannia's the whale,
By a flap of whose tail,
If we dare to approach her we die."
"Two Songs" by Sir John Carr

In news:

View full size Terry Richard/The Oregonian A small fry , as seen through the fish viewing window at Cascade Streamwatch near Welches in Wildwood Recreation Area.
Strapping in your small fry .
Softbank isn't small fry .
In last week's story on the Apple and Softbank iPod phone rumors, we mentioned that ex-Apple sources thought it unusual for Apple to tie-up with " small fry " like Softbank.
Nemo wows the small fry .
That 1930s feeling, Facebook small fry , Carter's Grove.
These potato pieces were too small for proper fries, but there were too many of them to be discarded.
Teen Retailers Embrace Small Fries.
Police say 21-year-old Derik Fries stole electronics and started several small fires inside Calvary Bible Church back in 2010.
Dollar dictator , the SEC's small fry, Americans go Swiss.
Expose the corruption 'small fries': letter to the editor.
Expose the corruption 'small fries ': letter to the editor.
Free Small Fries and Small Drink Coupon.
Dollar dictator, the SEC's small fry , Americans go Swiss.
The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation small fry all-star football team, ages 9-10, posted its third straight shutout to earn a bid to the Upper State title game on Saturday in Simpsonville.
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In science:

The precision with which |V | can be measured with small apertures (single-r0 , where r0 is the Fried parameter) can be as good as 0.3%.
Bringing closure to microlensing mass measurement
To manifest how close to GR the viable models need to be, we survey in details the small portion of the parameter space (weff , fRi ) around the GR point (−1, 0) for constant weff .
Cosmological and Solar-System Tests of f(R) Modified Gravity
We have particularly explored the viable region in the designer-f (R) parameter space (weff , fRi ) around the GR point (−1, 0) for constant weff , and found it extremely small.
Cosmological and Solar-System Tests of f(R) Modified Gravity
In addition, we neglect terms involving higher-order halo bias factors since, on most scales, they provide only a small correction (Ma & Fry 2000; Takada & Jain 2003).
A fitting formula for the non-Gaussian contribution to the lensing power spectrum covariance
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