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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

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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trifle away

To exhaust or deplete some resource in a wasteful, careless, or irresponsible manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "trifle" and "away." You'll never afford a house if you keep trifling your money away on such useless extravagances. With this shallow, stupid sequel, the film studio has trifled away a lot of the goodwill they created among fans of the franchise. She had plenty of time to complete her essay, but she trifled her time away.
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trifle with (someone or something)

To treat or deal with someone or something in a frivolous or disrespectful manner. Often used in passive constructions. You can't just go through life trifling with people and their affections without any regard for their wellbeing. I wouldn't do that if I were you—the plans of the boss are not to be trifled with.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a trifle

A little; somewhat: a trifle stingy.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Another way to make an even quicker trifle is not to bother with jelly, cream and custard but to use the same method as for tiramisu - mix mascarpone with sugar and egg yolks then fold in the beaten whites.
Julie told the ECHO: "Halfway through the trifle I discovered an odd glass-like texture in my mouth and it tasted metallic.
Next whisk the double cream with the cinnamon, ginger and icing sugar and then spread over the custard in the trifle dish and smooth the top.
The suspects, including Naveed and Kali, had an exchange of arguments with Ali Raza, 26, some weeks back over a trifle. On Wednesday, the suspects shot Raza dead when he was working.
According toThe Chronicle, the trifle is billed as 'a layered chocolatey sharing dessert with Cadbury milk chocolate, chocolate mousse, chocolate chip cookie and fondant with a creamy topping,'
Pop the trifle into the fridge to chill for one hour before eating.
A DVD presentation, songs sung of the times and a table quiz to test your memory of the events, plus a traditional English supper of bangers and mash followed by trifle. May 8.
EASY SUMMER TRIFLE SERVES 4 Buy 150g of strawberries (PS1.50), four peaches (PS1.20), 3 tbsp of peach jam (from a 90p jar), a slab of Madeira cake (50p), 300ml of double cream (PS1.25) and 2 tbsp caster sugar (from a 500g packet costing 99p).
Uber delicious, serve well-chilled for a final flourish with trifle and mince pies.
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 ...
Italian sherry trifle Makes one large bowl or about 6-8 individual glasses Ingredients 2 punnets raspberries 18 amaretti biscuits 8 large trifle sponges 3 measures of almond, raspberry or peach liqueur 40g caster sugar For the custard 4 eggs 250ml milk 250ml double cream Few drops of vanilla flavouring 60g sugar To decorate 250ml mascarpone cheese Raspberries Chopped pistachios Mint Method 1.
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