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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.
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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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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4 Cover with a layer of custard and then repeat the layers, starting with six more trifle sponges.
or even a splash of Vimto, and we've all had a trifle sprinkled with hundreds & thousands at some point, haven't we?
I've taken the key flavours and ingredients of a classic Black Forest gateau and used them to make the trifle, using some different techniques, methods and ingredients.
Here pastry chef Ryan Butler presents his play on the classic trifle.
In Trifles, says O'Harra, the protagonists are "bound together through empathy that they have to keep at bay" during the investigation of a woman for the murder of her husband.
I LOVE old-fashioned desserts - sherry trifle seems to have faded from grace in most restaurants, perhaps as it has been done so badly for too many years.
He waddles to work early in the morning, gets back home about 2ish, eats lots of trifle, rubs himself up against the missus (his words, not mine) and then goes to sleep.
The recovery at its Shropshire trifle factory has continued to lag behind expectations, convenience food group Uniq said in a trading statement yesterday.
Its trifles are a relatively new line but they are proving to be yet another success.
As examples of trifles for the English in this period Knapp offers America, epic, pastoral, tobacco, virginity, empire, and marriage.
Additionally, The Neiman Marcus Group operates two Bergdorf Goodman stores in New York City, and its direct marketing business, NM Direct, distributes the catalogs of Neiman Marcus, Horchow and Trifles.
Trifles are a great centrepiece dessert for the table on Christmas Day and this is my twist.
Last year's title winners the Vipers claimed a 4-1 win, but the Cup-winning Cobras stumbled to a shock 3-2 loss against The Trifles - who had propped up last season's league table with only one win.
Bullwinkel, a Chicago-based cooking school owner with a passion for preserving, has spent 30 years, developing, testing and tasting the 150 recipes (110 for preserves; 40 for other items such as breads, muffins, scones, waffles, desserts like trifles, cheesecakes, tarts, etc.
250ml double cream for topping the trifles Grated chocolate for decoration