trifle with

phrasal verb

trifled with; trifling with; trifles with
: to treat or deal with (someone or something) in a way that shows a lack of proper respect or seriousness
You shouldn't trifle with their feelings.

Examples of trifle with in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web We’re entitled to take it personally when an ex-government official trifles with our safety and lives. WSJ, 16 June 2023 The playwright’s conceit is to portray living with the immunodeficiency virus as a facet of a satirical contest — as if a human’s health could be trifled with, laughed off. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 7 June 2023

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“Trifle with.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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