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a trifle

A little. I'm feeling a trifle hungry, but I don't want a big, heavy meal right now.
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mere trifle

Fig. a tiny bit; a small, unimportant matter; a small amount of money. But this isn't expensive! It costs a mere trifle!
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trifle something away (on someone or something)

to waste something, such as money, on someone or something, little by little. Don't trifle all your money away on your friends. Don't trifle away any more money on silly purchases.
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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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a trifle

A little; somewhat: a trifle stingy.
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References in classic literature ?
So look out, my friend, I've no mind to he trifled with, and, mark me - if harm comes to that old man, it will be your life for his, as I'm a living man.
The Minister trifled with some papers lying on the desk before him.
He set down his glass, and his fingers trifled for a moment with its stem.
She knew that Burning Daylight was not a man to be trifled with, that under his simplicity and boyishness he was essentially a dominant male creature, and that she had pledged herself to a future of inevitable stress and storm.
If I believed," he said, "that there was any chance of your statements being accepted, I am afraid I should be compelled, in all our interests, to ask Doctor Sarson to pursue just a step further that experiment into the anatomy of your brain with which he has already trifled.
SIZE BITE ONE of the North East's top chefs has proved he is not to be trifled with, after serving up a winning dish.
A KILLER cocaine baron whose daughter travelled to Ibiza with drug mule Melissa Reid was described during his trial for murder as a man "not to be trifled with".
TRABZON, Jun 13, 2010 (TUR) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday, in regard to Turkey's European Union (EU) membership process, the EU has trifled with Turkey for the past 50 years and continues to do so.
And any show that features interviews with reporters from both The Nation magazine and ``Access Hollywood'' is certainly not to be trifled with.