mere trifle

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
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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.
Repeated reference to the significance of the text messages, which offer proof that Purisima was for all intents and purposes still acting as the PNP chief, suggests that this case is no mere trifle, put on merely for show.
Against that sombre background, a battle of the sprinters seems a mere trifle but, in choosing the Manche region and a coastal finish for stage one, the organisers have set up a sporting contest to savour.
The gesture could cost [euro]125million - a mere trifle for the [euro]8billion tycoon.
Lost jobs or higher energy bills may be a mere trifle for some on the left, but it's a different story for a senior citizen on a fixed income or for a working mom who struggles paycheck to paycheck.
But dramatic as online footage of this Mexican volcano is, the eruption is a mere trifle compared to some of the little-known natural disasters that have been predicted.
Enough to make the second dominating feature of e-Golf ownership seem a mere trifle, if your bank balance is as heavy with funds as this car is made weighty by the big battery pack, fitted low down beneath the floor and posting a hefty 318kg on the scales.
I simply don't know how they do it, but apparently it's a mere trifle.
You need enough so that a few thousand is a mere trifle to you.
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.
When I think back to the two soldiers on the train and the 16,000 names at the Memorial, I think that the Appeal for pounds 8 million is a mere trifle.
While trapped between floors, hiswifeMary andmates treated his misfortune as a mere trifle, bombarding him with text messages to complain that hewas keeping them from their pudding.
What a mere trifle to engage in while we ignore God's gift of a beautiful and life-sustaining environment.
Records show her books earned around pounds 40,000 at today's rates, a mere trifle compared with Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, the movie of which was partly filmed in the cathedral.