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nickel-and-dime

[nik-uh l-uh n-dahym] /ˈnɪk əl ənˈdaɪm/
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
1965-1970
1965-70
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