small, insignificant; small or insignificant in quantity

comes from the Irish potatoe famine from 1845 - 1849, as potatoes was the main food source in Ireland. Used to describe the small surviving potatoes that were picked
Those coins are small potatoes; we're not going to use them later on
by stanzz October 28, 2006
Something that is of small importance or is little.
From the Show "Dead Like Me":

MASON: Are you going to finish those hashbrowns?
ROXIE: Probably not
(takes them from her plate and eats them. Roxie stabs him with her
knife but he movs his hand just in time)
MASON: Fucking bloody hell
ROXIE: I'm outta here
MASON: Did you see that? I mean just because I wanted some of her hashbrowns
RUBE: I was there
MASON: I've never seen such violence over such small potatoes
RUBE: Oh, that was almost clever
MASON: Why was almost clever Rube?
RUBE: The thing about the hashbrowns being small potatoes
MASON: I don't get it. because hashbrowns are small potatoes
RUBE: Never mind
by Jason12 October 05, 2006
Something that is of small importance or is little.

From the Show "Dead Like Me":

MASON: Are you going to finish those hashbrowns?
ROXIE: Probably not
(takes them from her plate and eats them. Roxie stabs him with her
knife but he movs his hand just in time)
MASON: Fucking bloody hell
ROXIE: I'm outta here
MASON: Did you see that? I mean just because I wanted some of her hashbrowns
RUBE: I was there
MASON: I've never seen such violence over such small potatoes
RUBE: Oh, that was almost clever
MASON: Why was almost clever Rube?
RUBE: The thing about the hashbrowns being small potatoes
MASON: I don't get it. because hashbrowns are small potatoes
RUBE: Never mind
by Jason12 October 04, 2006
i really dont know the background of this saying but you say it refering to something small.
me-now dog,why would you cause thisfracas with your dad over such small potatoes?
chris-nigga what potatoes got to do wit dis?
by zxulu tha big lip bandit November 18, 2004
The name of a lower ranked employee, unpopular friend or person.
Colleague: "You should get a promotion."

You:"Oh, not me, I'm just a small potato."

Friend: "Whose that girl standing there?"

You: "Mary? Ah, no-one, she's just a small potato."
by Butterflytes June 01, 2011

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