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as in: a trifling matter Define
something of small importance; or a small quantity
  • It was so precious to me that I look back on these trifles, now, with an aching heart.
  • If I had a good place, and was treated well here, I should beg acceptance of a trifle, instead of taking of it.

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  • There are still a few trifles that we could part with.
  • I cannot trifle, or be trifled with.
  • She had a little basket-trifle hanging at her side, with keys in it; and she looked as staid and as discreet a housekeeper as the old house could have.
  • ’From many things — trifles in themselves, but they do not seem to me to be so, when they are put together.
  • ’I have got a trifle of money somewhere about me, my dear,’ said Mr. Barkis, ’but I’m a little tired.
  • The inhabitants appeared to have a propensity to throw any little trifles they were not in want of, into the road: which not only made it rank and sloppy, but untidy too, on account of the cabbage-leaves.
  • Since then, I have taken heart to write a good many trifling pieces.
  • She was bright and cheerful in the old childish way, loved me dearly, and was happy with her old trifles.

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  • I think of every little trifle between me and Dora, and feel the truth, that trifles make the sum of life.
  • I think of every little trifle between me and Dora, and feel the truth, that trifles make the sum of life.
  • Even this,’ showing me the basket-trifle, full of keys, still hanging at her side, ’seems to jingle a kind of old tune!’
  • On one side of this line,’ said Mr. Micawber, representing it on the desk with the office ruler, ’is the whole range of the human intellect, with a trifling exception; on the other, IS that exception; that is to say, the affairs of Messrs Wickfield and Heep, with all belonging and appertaining thereunto.
  • They were dressed alike, but this sister wore her dress with a more youthful air than the other; and perhaps had a trifle more frill, or tucker, or brooch, or bracelet, or some little thing of that kind, which made her look more lively.
  • ’I descended — as I might have known I should, but that he fascinated me with his boyish courtship — into a doll, a trifle for the occupation of an idle hour, to be dropped, and taken up, and trifled with, as the inconstant humour took him.
  • It was not a trifling business to get the great umbrella up, and properly balanced in her grasp; but at last I successfully accomplished this, and saw it go bobbing down the street through the rain, without the least appearance of having anybody underneath it, except when a heavier fall than usual from some over-charged water-spout sent it toppling over, on one side, and discovered Miss Mowcher struggling violently to get it right.
  • …though Jip never responded; listened, day after day, to the guitar, though I am afraid she had no taste for music; never attacked the Incapables, though the temptation must have been severe; went wonderful distances on foot to purchase, as surprises, any trifles that she found out Dora wanted; and never came in by the garden, and missed her from the room, but she would call out, at the foot of the stairs, in a voice that sounded cheerfully all over the house: ’Where’s Little Blossom?’

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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
  • There must be no trifling with HER affections, poor dear.
  • I cannot trifle, or be trifled with.

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  • Some people trifled with her as a mere oddity, he said; but she was as shrewdly and sharply observant as anyone he knew, and as long-headed as she was short-armed.
  • Mr. Micawber, leaning back in his chair, trifled with his eye-glass and cast his eyes up at the ceiling; but I thought him observant of Traddles, too, who was looking at the fire.
  • It is merely crossing,’ said Mr. Micawber, trifling with his eye-glass, ’merely crossing.
  • ’I descended — as I might have known I should, but that he fascinated me with his boyish courtship — into a doll, a trifle for the occupation of an idle hour, to be dropped, and taken up, and trifled with, as the inconstant humour took him.

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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: 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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