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nickel-and-dime

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

Definition of nickel-and-dime

1 :involving or offering only a small amount of money

First Known Use of nickel-and-dime

1879


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nickel-and-dime

verb

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 \ˌni-k(ə-)liŋ-ən-ˈdī-miŋ\ or nickel-and-diming play \ˌni-kəl-ən-ˈdī-miŋ\
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

1913


NICKEL-AND-DIME Defined for English Language Learners

nickel-and-dime

adjective

Definition of nickel-and-dime for English Language Learners

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

  • : not very important


nickel-and-dime

verb

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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