nickel-and-dime

[nik-uh l-uh n-dahym]Informal.
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verb (used with object), nick·el-and-dimed or nick·eled-and-dimed, nick·el-and-dim·ing or nick·el·ing-and-dim·ing.
  1. to expose to financial hardship or bankruptcy by the accumulation of small expenses, bills, etc.: We're being nickel-and-dimed to death by these small weekly expenses.
  2. to hinder, annoy, or harass with trivialities or nonessentials: to be nickeled-and-dimed by petty criticisms.

Origin of nickel-and-dime

First recorded in 1965–70
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  • Of course, Bernard Madoff makes Mr. Ponzi look like a nickel-and-dime grifter.

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