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trifle with
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Great Expectations
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as in: trifle with her affections Define
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
  • The wretched man trifled with his glass,—took it up, looked at it through the light, put it down,—prolonged my misery.

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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
  • "If you can cough any trifle on it up, Pip, I’d recommend you to do it," said Joe, all aghast.
  • Probably every new and eagerly expected garment ever put on since clothes came in, fell a trifle short of the wearer’s expectation.

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  • These were agreeably dispersed among small specimens of china and glass, various neat trifles made by the proprietor of the museum, and some tobacco-stoppers carved by the Aged.
  • After a short pause of repose, Miss Skiffins—in the absence of the little servant who, it seemed, retired to the bosom of her family on Sunday afternoons—washed up the tea-things, in a trifling lady-like amateur manner that compromised none of us.
  • By some invisible agency, my guardian wound him up to a pitch little short of ferocity about this trifle; and he fell to baring and spanning his arm to show how muscular it was, and we all fell to baring and spanning our arms in a ridiculous manner.
  • Maybe I’m a growing a trifle old besides."

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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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