Definitions for nickel-and-dime

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nick′el-and-dime′*(adj.; v.)nick•el-and-dimed; nick•eled-and-dimed, nick•el-and-dim•ing; nick•el•ing-and-dim•ing.

  1. (adj.)insignificant; trivial; petty.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  2. (v.t.)to expose to financial hardship by the accumulation of small expenses.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  3. to hinder, annoy, or harass with trivialities or nonessentials.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

* Informal..

Origin of nickel-and-dime:

1965–70

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nickel-and-dime, small-time(adj)

    of minor importance

    "a nickel-and-dime operation run out of a single rented room"; "a small-time actor"

  2. nickel-and-dime(a)(verb)

    low-paying

    "a nickel-and-dime job"

  3. penny-pinch, nickel-and-dime(verb)

    spend money frugally; spend as little as possible

  4. nickel-and-dime(verb)

    accumulate gradually

    "she nickeled-and-dimed together a small house for her family"

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