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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.
See also: away, trifle

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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I find the current argument over same-sex acceptance the most tedious and trifling debate ever; one that has caused me to question my commitment to the Anglican variant of communion with a living and loving God.
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The contribution from the wind was trifling then and it is trifling now.
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Buglisi's program note for her Against All Odds (Quand Meme) indicated that "with a simple gesture, a trifling inflection," actress Sarah Bernhardt brought her roles to life.
Wills would argue that the other three "gunpowder" plays from the 1606 season explicitly underline the evils of conjuring, suggesting that Shakespeare joined Dekker, Marston, and Barnes in a united dramatists' warning against trifling with diabolic forces.
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Although some critics have dismissed his push for child-safety locks as a trifling proposal, White House aides believe that the locks are not only effective but also reinforce Clinton's image as caring for families.
Rich as the connections are which Knapp draws between trifling, toying, and devaluing, the term's multiple meanings occasionally weaken its usefulness.
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