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trifle with
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2 meanings
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1  —as in:
trifle with her affections
Definition to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
  • She is not a woman to trifle with or ignore.
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The European Parliament refuses to be trifled with.
  • trifled with = treated without respect
  • ...she was not to be trifled with.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • trifled with = treated thoughtlessly or without respect
  • ...asked Phoebe, with impatient surprise that Holgrave should so trifle with her at such a moment.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
  • But a Judge may not trifle with the Law because the society is defective.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
  • Confident as I am that you will not trifle with this appeal, my heart sinks and my hand trembles at the bare thought of such a possibility.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
  • I don't trifle with him; but then, I have nothing to do with him.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
  • The thing failed this time, however, so the boys shouldered their tools and went away feeling that they had not trifled with fortune, but had fulfilled all the requirements that belong to the business of treasure-hunting.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • trifled with = treated thoughtlessly or without respect
  • And now, men and women of America, is this a thing to be trifled with, apologized for, and passed over in silence?
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • A mother's love, that's not somethin' to be trifled with.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures

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2  —as in:
a trifling matter
Definition something of small importance; or a small quantity
  • Don't waste my time with trifling matters.
trifling = things of little importance
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We all agree with the goal, but how to achieve it is not a trifling matter.
  • trifling = small (of little importance)
  • and happened to raise her skirt a trifle too high above her ankles
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • trifle = little (a small amount)
  • ...for as Father says, trifles show character.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • trifles = small unimportant things
  • You should never fret about trifles.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • trifles = unimportant things
  • Not just a trifle evil. Monstrously evil.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • trifle = little (in amount)
  • But by and by the thing dragged through, and everything was sold —everything but a little old trifling lot in the graveyard.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • trifling = something of small importance
  • She prizes not such trifles as these are:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter's Tale
  • trifles = things of small importance
  • Wilson showed a trifle of irritation when he replied...
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • trifle = a small amount
  • The door stood a trifle ajar.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
trifle = little

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