Small Beer

“To suckle fools and chronicle small beer.” (Iago in the play of Othello, ii. 1.)

He does not think small beer of himself.
He has a very good opinion of number one.

“To express her self-esteem [it might be said] that she did not think small beer of herself.” —De Quincey: Historical Essays.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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