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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

v.
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 ?
Pengarth, who was a trifle nervous, preferred to stand.
Her clothes were country-made, but perfect as regarded fit and trimness, her beflowered hat was worn with a touch of coquettish grace, a trifle un-English, but very delightful.
In all my experience along the dirtiest ways of this dirty little world, I have never met with such a thing as a trifle yet.
He became a trifle less dreary; and he looked much as he had looked when he noticed the white musk rose in the flower-garden.
As to Dolly, there she was again, the very pink and pattern of good looks, in a smart little cherry-coloured mantle, with a hood of the same drawn over her head, and upon the top of that hood, a little straw hat trimmed with cherry-coloured ribbons, and worn the merest trifle on one side--just enough in short to make it the wickedest and most provoking head-dress that ever malicious milliner devised.
To talk carelessly about dishes, which in themselves were a first-rate holiday kind of dinner, suitable to one's wedding-day, as something of that sort: meaning, if you can't get a spring chicken, any other trifle in the way of poultry will do--such as a peacock, perhaps
There's everything to like about a simple bowl of strawberries and cream - but you're going to LOVE barbecued banoffee trifles.
METHOD Bake the bananas on the barbecue with the chocolate and fudge to make an indulgent topping for these banoffeeinspired summer trifles.
Traditional trifles usually separate the custard and cream layers, but I wanted to avoid this, so I could have a crunchy topping.
Some of the speciality items on the list include traditional homemade pasta comprising eggs, bread crumbs, and flour, usually served with prawns, olive oil, and aromatic herbs; fresh pizza, risotto, focaccia with coarse salt and rosemary, potato bread, focaccia with onion bread, polenta bread, plain olives vertes bread, ricotta bread focaccia with frigitelli, rustic Italian bread, "Tigelle" bread, fried "Crescentine" bread, tagliatelle with white meat rag* and black trifles and salad.
As with most trifles, you need to prepare this one in stages, leaving it in the fridge for a few hours after some of the stages for things to set.
MINI TRIFLES Makes: 4 INGREDIENTS 2 Newburn Bakehouse Gluten Free White Chocolate and Raspberry Muffins (available from Tesco stores) 1 x 300g tub fresh custard 150g fresh raspberries 2tbs raspberry jam or sauce (stirred to soften) Premium white chocolate METHOD 1 BREAK the muffins into small chunks and divide about a third of these between four small glasses or bowls.
I was so excited [to work with trifles] because in my mind a trifle is just a layering of textures and flavors; [it enables me] to really play around with ideas .
Some rich people, a new survey from Prince & Associates shows, spend small fortunes renting luxury trifles.
Gu Hot Choc Melting Middle Puds is rolling out now and will be joined on shelves next week by Gu Chocolate Trifles.