[nik-uh l-uh n-dahym]Informal.
- of little or no importance; trivial; petty: a nickel-and-dime business that soon folded.
- 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.
- 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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Related Words for nickel-and-dimelesser, narrow-minded, frivolous, minor, little, slight, scratch, shallow, inessential, lower, base, peanut, light, small, subordinate, secondary, junior, inferior, trifling, shoestring
Examples from the Web for nickel-and-dime
Contemporary Examples of nickel-and-dime
Of course, Bernard Madoff makes Mr. Ponzi look like a nickel-and-dime grifter.Why Smart People Are Dumb
February 11, 2010