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trifle with (someone or something)

To treat or deal with someone or something in a frivolous or disrespectful manner. Often used in passive constructions. You can't just go through life trifling with people and their affections without any regard for their wellbeing. I wouldn't do that if I were you—the plans of the boss are not to be trifled with.
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trifle with someone or something

to act without seriousness or respect toward someone or something. Don't talk that way to me! I am not to be trifled with. I wish that Ann wouldn't trifle with our efforts at reform.
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trifle with

To play or toy with someone or something: Don't trifle with my affections. My strict boss is not someone to be trifled with.
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Once set you can decorate the trifle with the remaining chopped strawberries, serve and enjoy
A nice fruity trifle with a good amount of cream and jelly.
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