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nickel–and–dime

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

Definition of nickel–and–dime

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

  2. 2 :  small-time

1879

First Known Use of nickel–and–dime

1879


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nickel–and–dime

verb nick·el–and–dime

Definition of nickel–and–dime

nickeled–and–dimed

play \ˌni-kəld-ən-ˈdīmd\ or

nickel–and–dimed

play \ˌni-kəl-ən-ˈdīmd\;

nickeling–and–diming

play play \ˌni-k(ə-)liŋ-ən-ˈdī-miŋ\ or

nickel–and–diming

\ˌni-kəl-ən-ˈdī-miŋ\
  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 (a person or situation) by paying excessive attention to small amounts of money often with a detrimental effect

1913

First Known Use of nickel–and–dime

1913


NICKEL–AND–DIME Defined for English Language Learners

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nickel–and–dime

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

Definition of nickel–and–dime for English Language Learners

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

  • : not very important


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nickel–and–dime

verb nick·el–and–dime

Definition of nickel–and–dime for English Language Learners

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

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