something of small importance; or a small quantity
The fear of failure in these points harassed me worse than the physical hardships of my lot; though these were no trifles.
I did so; a brief examination convinced me that the contents were less taking than the title: "Rasselas" looked dull to my trifling taste; I saw nothing about fairies, nothing about genii; no bright variety seemed spread over the closely-printed pages.
I wish, Jane, I were a trifle better adapted to match with her externally.
The fact is, I was a trifle beside myself; or rather OUT of myself, as the French would say: I was conscious that a moment’s mutiny had already rendered me liable to strange penalties, and, like any other rebel slave, I felt resolved, in my desperation, to go all lengths.
Meantime, you forget essential points in pursuing trifles: you do not inquire why Mr. Briggs sought after you — what he wanted with you.
"Did I not say you neglected essential points to pursue trifles?" he asked.
Oh, a trifle!
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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.