nickeling-and-diming
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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  • nickel-and-diming — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nickel-and-dime — ☆ nickel and dime [nik′əl ən dīm′ ] Informal adj. 1. costing or spending little; cheap 2. of little value or importance; minor; petty vt. nickel (or nickeled )and dimed or nickel and dimed or nickeled and dimed, nickel (or nickeling )and diming… …   English World dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nickeled-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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nickel-and-dime — /nik euhl euhn duym /, adj., v., nickel and dimed or nickeled and dimed, nickel and diming or nickeling and diming. Informal. adj. 1. of little or no importance; trivial; petty: a nickel and dime business that soon folded. v.t. 2. to expose to… …   Universalium

  • nickel-and-dime — I. adjective Date: 1941 1. involving or offering only a small amount of money 2. small time II. transitive verb (nickeled and dimed or nickel and dimed; nickeling and diming or nickel and diming) Date: 1961 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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