nickel-and-dime

adjective
nick·​el-and-dime | \ ˌni-kəl-ən-ˈdīm How to pronounce nickel-and-dime (audio) \

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 How to pronounce nickeled-and-dimed (audio) \ or nickel-and-dimed\ ˌni-​kəl-​ən-​ˈdīmd How to pronounce nickel-and-dimed (audio) \; nickeling-and-diming\ ˌni-​k(ə-​)liŋ-​ən-​ˈdī-​miŋ How to pronounce nickeling-and-diming (audio) \ or nickel-and-diming\ ˌni-​kəl-​ən-​ˈdī-​miŋ How to pronounce nickel-and-diming (audio) \

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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The first known use of nickel-and-dime was in 1879

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nickel-and-dime

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nickel-and-dime

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US, informal
: 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)

US, informal + disapproving : to make (someone) pay many small amounts of money over a long period of time

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