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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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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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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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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

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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Trifler, a native of the region and the operator of two other SDM stores in the area, has the ability to micromarket to a population whose ethnic mix and demographics he knows intimately.
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).
Fond, foolish, wanton, flibbergibs, tattlers, triflers, wavering, witless, without council, feeble, careless, rash, proud, dainty, tale-bearers, eavesdroppers, rumour-raisers, evil-tongued, worse-minded, and in every way doltified with the dregs of the devil's dunghill (Stretton 2005, 52).
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.'
When their gigantic host suggested that these two women should descend to the swimming pool, which was shielded by plantation's trees from triflers' eyes, the other woman apologized, saying she had not brought swimwear.
ETON TRIFLERS: Protesters at Cameron's polling station TWO BY TWO: Brown and Sarah, Cameron and Samantha, Clegg and Miriam and Salmond with candidate Eilidh Whiteford
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."
She describes visiting women as a "parsel of triflers" (3), who engage in what "I don't call Conversasion.
Though this account makes it sound as if Henry's minions were triflers, the concern voiced here proves their political importance.