nickel-and-dime


1nick·el–and–dime

adjective \ˌni-kəl-ən-ˈdīm\

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

: not very important

Full Definition of NICKEL-AND-DIME

1
:  involving or offering only a small amount of money
2

First Known Use of NICKEL-AND-DIME

1941

2nickel–and–dime

verb

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

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

Full Definition of NICKEL-AND-DIME

transitive verb
1
:  to impair, weaken, or defeat piecemeal (as through a series of small incursions or excessive attention to minor details)
2
:  to treat (as a person or situation) by paying excessive attention to small amounts of money often with a detrimental effect

First Known Use of NICKEL-AND-DIME

1961

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