trifle with (someone or something)

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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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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.
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Or do you complain because your wife has shown the proper spirit of a woman, and punished the villain who trifled with her affections?"
SIZE BITE ONE of the North East's top chefs has proved he is not to be trifled with, after serving up a winning dish.
A KILLER cocaine baron whose daughter travelled to Ibiza with drug mule Melissa Reid was described during his trial for murder as a man "not to be trifled with".
His lawyer, the late Paul McBride QC, said: "David Hughes is not a man to be trifled with. Mr Maguire was under significant pressure not to give evidence."
TRABZON, Jun 13, 2010 (TUR) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday, in regard to Turkey's European Union (EU) membership process, the EU has trifled with Turkey for the past 50 years and continues to do so.
Here's a festive favourite that's not to be trifled with - even if you fancy ringing the changes.