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trifle with
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as in: a trifling matter Define
something of small importance; or a small quantity
  • They all laughed, and the thought crossed the prince’s mind that perhaps Lebedeff was really trifling in this way because he foresaw inconvenient questions, and wanted to gain time.
  • Yet his smile, in spite of its sweetness, was a little thin, if I may so call it, and showed his teeth too evenly; his gaze though decidedly good-humoured and ingenuous, was a trifle too inquisitive and intent to be altogether agreeable.

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  • As to small meannesses, such trifles did not trouble her.
  • I think you are growing less cool, my friend, and are beginning to be a trifle surprised, aren’t you?
  • Don’t stand on ceremony, give him some trifle, and let that end it."

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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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