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trifle with
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Ulysses
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as in: trifle with her affections Define
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
  • There was that in her young voice that told that she was not a one to be lightly trifled with.

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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
  • Now I’d give a trifle to know who he is.
  • The wife was playing the piano in the coffee palace on Saturdays for a very trifling consideration and who was it gave me the wheeze she was doing the other business?

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  • He is older now (you and I may whisper it) and a trifle stooped in the shoulders yet in the whirligig of years a grave dignity has come to the conscientious second accountant of the Ulster bank, College Green branch.
  • Though a wellpreserved man of no little stamina, if a trifle prone to baldness, there was something spurious in the cut of his jib that suggested a jail delivery and it required no violent stretch of imagination to associate such a weirdlooking specimen with the oakum and treadmill fraternity.

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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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