nickel-and-dime

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

Definition of nickel-and-dime 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : involving or offering only a small amount of money

nickel-and-dime

verb
nickeled-and-dimed\ˌni-kəld-ən-ˈdīmd \ or nickel-and-dimed\ˌni-kəl-ən-ˈdīmd \; nickeling-and-diming\ˌni-k(ə-)liŋ-ən-ˈdī-miŋ \ or nickel-and-diming\ˌni-kəl-ən-ˈdī-miŋ \

Definition of nickel-and-dime (Entry 2 of 2)

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 (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

Adjective

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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nickel-and-dime

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nickel-and-dime

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

: not very important

nickel-and-dime

verb

English Language Learners Definition of nickel-and-dime (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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