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trifle with
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as in: trifle with her affections Define
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
  • I must not be trifled with, and I demand an answer.

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  • not a woman to trifle with or ignore
  • The European Parliament refuses to be trifled with.

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as in: a trifling matter Define
something of small importance; or a small quantity
  • My trifling occupations take up my time and amuse me, and I am rewarded for any exertions by seeing none but happy, kind faces around me.
  • I never saw a more interesting creature: his eyes have generally an expression of wildness, and even madness, but there are moments when, if anyone performs an act of kindness towards him or does him any the most trifling service, his whole countenance is lighted up, as it were, with a beam of benevolence and sweetness that I never saw equalled.

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  • Don’t waste my time with trifling matters.
  • We all agree with the goal, but how to achieve it is not a trifling matter.

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as in: trifle with her affections Define
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
as in: a trifling matter Define
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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