Meaning of sell something for a mess of pottage in English:

sell something for a mess of pottage

phrase

archaic
  • Sell something for a ridiculously small amount.

    ‘this is the generation which sold for a mess of pottage the finest British companies’
    • ‘I have a sense we have sold our birthright for a mess of pottage, which has been the main benefit of unrestrained mass immigration of recent years.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the Action Group, said: ‘It is selling the public inheritance for a mess of pottage.’’
    • ‘Don't sell your birthright for a mess of pottage.’
    • ‘It is a bargain of which thousands, like Esau, who sold his birthright for a mess of pottage, have repented, but many, unhappily, like Esau, have repented too late.’
    • ‘He is charged with giving up a distinctively Christian identity and selling its birthright for a mess of pottage.’
    • ‘They have sold their golden birthright of American liberty for a mess of coward's pottage.’
    • ‘It is being replaced by trust which is bought and sold and loyalty which is expected and demanded for a mess of pottage.’
    • ‘Is this what it was all for - jettisoning our heritage for a mess of pottage?’
    • ‘So decadent, in fact, that they now have nothing to defend and will sell their souls and anything else, even their votes, for a mess of pottage.’