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mere trifle

1. An insignificant or unimportant thing or matter. A: "What do you make of the prediction that sales will take a steep drop next month?" B: "A mere trifle—if there is in fact a drop, it should have no bearing on our bottom line for the end-of-year profits." He dismissed the allegation as a mere trifle trying to distract from his campaign efforts.
2. A very small or trifling amount (of something). A: "No thank you, I couldn't eat another bite." B: "Oh, come now, it's just a tiny bit of chocolate—a mere trifle!" A: "I can't believe you would go out and buy a new car without consulting me!" B: "It only cost a mere trifle, so I didn't think you'd mind!"
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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!
See also: mere, trifle
References in classic literature ?
"Gentlemen," resumed the orator, "I repeat that the distance between the earth and her satellite is a mere trifle, and undeserving of serious consideration.
The rain was a mere trifle, and Anne was most sincere in preferring a walk with Mr Elliot.
The cost of one rim starts at $ 3,850, and the largest size will cost $ 4,350 apiece - a mere trifle compared to fully carbon wheels.
"On an aircraft carrying over 200 passengers, it is outrageous that captains fight over a mere trifle, especially when they are in charge of everyone's safety," an airline industry official said.
The gesture could cost PS91million - a mere trifle for the tycoon worth PS6billion.
But that''s a mere trifle compared with the drive needed to improve the riverbanks and rid us of the appalling dock estate slagheaps north of Langton Dock, plus the commitment to revive Hezza''s greatest legacy, the Garden Festival site.
What a mere trifle to engage in while we ignore God's gift of a beautiful and life-sustaining environment.
If not, there can be nothing but a reign of terror in the South until the nation is involved in a Civil War from one end of the land to the other of which the last war is a mere trifle compared to it."
Elsewhere in the show that aims to be the definitive guide to food in all its forms, TV's Queens Of Clean, Kim and Aggie take part in the recipe challenge - a mere trifle this week - and restaurant critic Giles Coren serves up a special report on detoxing.
Compared with Railtrack, road building and the airlines, overhauling car registrations looked like a mere trifle.