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as in: a trifling matter Define
something of small importance; or a small quantity
  • As for getting the axe, that trifling business cost him no anxiety, for nothing could be easier.
  • "I want to attempt a thing like that and am frightened by these trifles," he thought, with an odd smile.

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  • He was thinking of the chief point, and put off trifling details, until he could believe in it all.
  • Trifles, trifles are what matter!
  • One trifling circumstance upset his calculations, before he had even left the staircase.
  • Trifles, trifles are what matter!
  • Some foolishness, some trifling carelessness, and I may betray myself!
  • But those were all trifles which he had not even begun to consider, and indeed he had no time.
  • You could only perhaps ruin yourself, and, besides, Dounia would not allow it; and fill up my letter with trifles when my heart was so full of sorrow, I could not.
  • But a sort of blankness, even dreaminess, had begun by degrees to take possession of him; at moments he forgot himself, or rather, forgot what was of importance, and caught at trifles.

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  • He doesn’t jeer at things, not because he hasn’t the wit, but as though he hadn’t time to waste on such trifles.
  • Would you believe it, she talks of the silliest trifles and—man is a strange creature—it makes me angry.
  • ’I wonder you trouble to come to me about such trifles, Marfa Petrovna.’
  • You seem to be offended, sister, at my making only such a frivolous criticism on the letter, and to think that I speak of such trifling matters on purpose to annoy you.
  • He was obviously in an exceedingly good humour and perhaps a trifle exhilarated.
  • "Forgive my troubling you about such trifles," he went on, a little disconcerted, "the things are only worth five roubles, but I prize them particularly for the sake of those from whom they came to me, and I must confess that I was alarmed when I heard…."
  • Svidrigailov informed her at once that he was obliged by very important affairs to leave Petersburg for a time, and therefore brought her fifteen thousand roubles and begged her accept them as a present from him, as he had long been intending to make her this trifling present before their wedding.
  • Why, it’s just such trifles that always ruin everything…."
  • "You come with such trifles, my good sir, it’s scarcely worth anything.
  • "It’s nothing, nothing!" he cried to the mother and sister—"it’s only a faint, a mere trifle!
  • "That’s just the point, that at the present moment," Raskolnikov tried his utmost to feign embarrassment, "I am not quite in funds…. and even this trifling sum is beyond me….
  • For every trifle he ran to Katerina Ivanovna, even hunting her out at the bazaar, at every instant called her (Pani.
  • "He was inquiring for people who had pawned things, and I have some pledges there, too—trifles—a ring my sister gave me as a keepsake when I left home, and my father’s silver watch—they are only worth five or six roubles altogether…. but I value them.

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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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