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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

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.
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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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trifle with

v.
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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a trifle

A little; somewhat: a trifle stingy.
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This audience was thought to be most easily reached through the novel because, as George Walker notes, 'a Novel may gain attention, when arguments of the soundest sense and most perfect eloquence, shall fail to arrest the feet of the Trifler, from the specious paths of the new Philosophy' (The Vagabond, p.
She notes that, under the influence of conduct books, women have "accustomed themselves to consider intellectual occupation as a merely selfish amusement, which it is their 'duty' to give up for every trifler more selfish than themselves" (212).
The subjects of household efficiency, good health, the training of children, women in business, art, and books, are discussed by specialists and not by emotional triflers thrilled by the experiences associated with the life of the 'sob sister.
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Sworn triflers of a lifetime, they would not venture among the sober truths of life, not even to be truly blest" (9:59-60).
RELAX in stylish Triflers restaurant with two for one on Sunday Lunch.
protect ourselves against triflers and intruders by paying less regard to all telephone communications.
Though this account makes it sound as if Henry's minions were triflers, the concern voiced here proves their political importance.
Then, no doubt thinking better of the prospect, disheartened in advance by what he can already taste is and as the ash of half-felicitous and wholly pointless utterance, the rhetorical trope and ripe rodomontade whose tripping comeliness upon the tongue leaves triflers but the taste of tripe, that busy tinkering with language for which he does not give a tinker's damn, he lifts his white kid gloves instead from the proferred silver salver.