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nickel–and–dime

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adjective nick·el–and–dime \ˌni-kəl-ən-ˈdīm\

Simple Definition of nickel–and–dime

  • : involving, making, or spending a small amount of money

  • : not very important

Full Definition of nickel–and–dime

  1. 1 :  involving or offering only a small amount of money

  2. 2 :  small-time

1941

First Known Use of nickel–and–dime

1941


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nickel–and–dime

verb nick·el–and–dime

Simple Definition of nickel–and–dime

  • : to make (someone) pay many small amounts of money over a long period of time

Full Definition of nickel–and–dime

nick·eled–and–dimed play \ˌni-kəld-ən-ˈdīmd\ or nick·el–and–dimed play \-ən-ˈdīmd\ nick·el·ing–and–dim·ing play \-ˈdī-miŋ\ or nickel–and–diming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to impair, weaken, or defeat piecemeal (as through a series of small incursions or excessive attention to minor details)

  3. 2 :  to treat (as a person or situation) by paying excessive attention to small amounts of money often with a detrimental effect

1961

First Known Use of nickel–and–dime

1961


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