nickeling and diming

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

adjective
1. of minor importance; "a nickel-and-dime operation run out of a single rented room"; "a small-time actor" 
2. low-paying; "a nickel-and-dime job" 

verb
1. spend money frugally; spend as little as possible [syn: penny-pinch
2. accumulate gradually; "she nickeled-and-dimed together a small house for her family" 
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