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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Main Entry:  nickel-and-dime1
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  petty, trivial; small-time
Etymology:  from the five-and-dime stores
Main Entry:  nickel-and-dime1
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to charge small amounts of money for many goods and services, slowly putting a financial strain on someone
Etymology:  from the five-and-dime stores
Main Entry:  nickel-and-dime2
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  involving only small amount of money
Etymology:  from the five-and-dime stores
Main Entry:  nickel-and-dime2
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to damage or weaken slowly
Etymology:  from the five-and-dime stores
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