nickel and dime

nickel-and-dime

[nik-uhl-uhn-dahym] Informal.
adjective
1.
of little or no importance; trivial; petty: a nickel-and-dime business that soon folded.
verb (used with object), nickel-and-dimed or nickeled-and-dimed, nickel-and-diming or nickeling-and-diming.
2.
to expose to financial hardship or bankruptcy by the accumulation of small expenses, bills, etc.: We're being nickel-and-dimed to death by these small weekly expenses.
3.
to hinder, annoy, or harass with trivialities or nonessentials: to be nickeled-and-dimed by petty criticisms.

Origin:
1965–70

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nickel and dime (so) (to death) definition


  1. tv.
    to make numerous small monetary charges that add up to a substantial sum. : Just give me the whole bill at one time. Don't nickel and dime me for days on end.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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