nickel-and-dimed
nickel-and-dime ick"el-and-dime", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {nickel-and-dimed} or {nickeled-and-dimed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {nickel-and-diming} or {nickeling-and-diming}.] 1. To harass or annoy with petty demands or for trivial reasons; specifically, to insist on minor concessions in a negotiation. [PJC]

2. To weaken or impair gradually or by small steps; as, to be nickel-and-dimed into bankruptcy by the operating overhead. [informal] [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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