nickel and dime someone to death
nickel and dime (one) to death
To assess costs or fees in enough small amounts that it adds up to a substantial sum. Between the increases in property tax, sales tax, and income tax, I feel like the government is trying nickel and dime us to death. These phone companies all make their profits by nickeling and diming their customers with hidden charges and fees.
nickel and dime someone (to death)
tv. to make numerous small monetary charges that add up to a substantial sum. Just give me the whole bill at one time. Don’t nickel and dime me for days on end.