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trifle with
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The Tempest
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as in: a trifling matter Define
something of small importance; or a small quantity
  • For every trifle are they set upon me:
  • But this is trifling; And all the more it seeks to hide itself, The bigger bulk it shows.

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  • Whe’er thou be’st he or no, Or some enchanted trifle to abuse me, As late I have been, I not know: thy pulse Beats, as of flesh and blood; and, since I saw thee, Th’ affliction of my mind amends, with which, I fear, a madness held me: this must crave,— An if this be at all—a most strange story.

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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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