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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.

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