Mess of Pottage

What Does "Mess of Pottage" Mean?

"Mess of pottage" is an English idiom. It means "something of little value given up for something of great value." It is derived from Esau's Biblical story where he sold his birthright for a meal (pottage).

Examples in Sentences

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See Also

meaning of the idiom "mess up" meaning of the idiom "method to one's madness"