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penny ante

n.
A poker game in which the maximum bet or raise is a penny or other small amount.
adj.
Involving a small amount of money or something of little value or importance.

pen′ny an′te


n.
1. a game of poker in which the ante or limit is one cent.
2. any arrangement or transaction involving a trifling or paltry sum of money.
[1850–55, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.penny ante - a business deal on a trivial scale
business deal, deal, trade - a particular instance of buying or selling; "it was a package deal"; "I had no further trade with him"; "he's a master of the business deal"
2.penny ante - poker played for small stakes
poker game, poker - any of various card games in which players bet that they hold the highest-ranking hand
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