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Meaning: very small in amount or very few in number

For example:

  • If you leave a measly tip in your hotel's restaurant, you won't get very good service the next time you go in there.

  • Linda was sure she'd be elected class president, but she only got five measly votes.

Quick Quiz:

Which percentage of the bill would be seen as a very measly tip in most places?
  1. one per cent
  2. five percent
  3. ten percent

Discuss: measly

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