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pi tuhns

  • n  an inadequate payment
    they work all day for a mere pittance

  • A four-hour boat ride from Cox's Bazar, the nearest mainland city, Ujantia has received only a pittance of relief supplies.
  • By some estimates, the number of folks who have quit their job to trade full time at day-trading firms is about 5,000--a relative pittance.
  • The entry fee is relatively low: setting up a site on the World Wide Web can cost as little as $5,000 -- a pittance compared with the cost of a printing plant.
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  • New York considers crackdown on counterfeit luxury
    NEW YORK (AP) — It's one of the worst kept secrets in New York. Hidden around the city are counterfeit goods labeled "Prada" or "Louis Vuitton" or some other luxury brand. They're sold for a pittance to bargain hunters from around the world who flock to Chinatown.
    June 13, 2013 - Washington Examiner
  • In Amish country, trading fracking rights for a pittance
    Some energy companies are offering Amish farmers in eastern Ohio a pittance to drill on their land, according to an article in the New Republic. The problem is that once the farmers realise that they have signed away their land for a mere fraction of its real worth, Burgess writes, they are unable to sue in court because their religion does not permit lawsuits.
    June 12, 2013 - The Christian Science Monitor

  • Warren Buffett in BusinessWeek
    We pay a steep price to maintain our premier financial strength,Buffett said in the letter. "The $20 billion-plus of cash-equivalent assets that we customarily hold is earning a pittance at present. But we sleep well."
  • Vince Cable in BBC News
    Acting leader Vince Cable said: "It is completely unacceptable that the government has sold off a valuable national asset for a pittance, providing huge profits for the Carlyle group and the senior civil servants involved. This deal didn't sell the...
  • Richard Brodsky in Forbes
    Today's fine is a pittance compared to the damage Con Ed has caused by its unreliable service,said Democratic Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, of Westchester County. "At a time when the company is reporting record profits, we are not satisfied...

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