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Originated in the 1700s, from the low esteem for a tinker's wares. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

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tin-pot (not comparable)

  1. (informal) Inferior; shoddy.
    • 1902, Joseph Conrad, chapter I, in Heart of Darkness:
      It was a great comfort to turn from that chap to my influential friend, the battered, twisted, ruined, tin–pot steamboat.
  2. (informal) Of a country, regime etc., autocratic, especially amusingly so.

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