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as in: trifle with her affections Define
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
  • I don’t trifle with him; but then, I have nothing to do with him.
  • Far from coquetting with Boldwood, she had trifled with himself in thus feigning that she had trifled with another.

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  • Far from coquetting with Boldwood, she had trifled with himself in thus feigning that she had trifled with another.
  • The other day they said you were trifling with him, and you almost proved that you were not; lately they have said that you be not, and you straightway begin to show—

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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: a trifling matter Define
something of small importance; or a small quantity
  • a trifle more than nothing.
  • The unfastening was not such a trifling affair.

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  • This trifling provokes, and—and—
  • To be long-headed enough for a baily’s place is a poor mere trifle—yet a trifle more than nothing.
  • "If you do care so much for a silly trifle of that kind, then, I don’t mind doing it," she uncertainly and doubtingly answered.
  • Nothing was heard in reply to the signal but the gurgle and cluck of one of these invisible wheels—together with a few small sounds which a sad man would have called moans, and a happy man laughter—caused by the flapping of the waters against trifling objects in other parts of the stream.
  • Here’s—wretched—the merest trifle.
  • Yet I would rather my trifle were hid; though, perhaps, a high nater is a little high, and at my birth all things were possible to my Maker, and he may have begrudged no gifts….
  • Oh, could I but have foreseen the torture that trifling trick was going to lead me into, how I should have cursed you; but only having been able to see it since, I cannot do that, for I love you too well!
  • Gabriel was almost blinded, and he could feel Bathsheba’s warm arm tremble in his hand—a sensation novel and thrilling enough; but love, life, everything human, seemed small and trifling in such close juxtaposition with an infuriated universe.

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  • He mostly makes a point of seeing me upon the most trifling errand.
  • Her voice was then a little clearer, and trifling colour returned to her face.
  • Troy’s face was very expressive, and any observer who had seen him now would hardly have believed him to be a man who had laughed, and sung, and poured love-trifles into a woman’s ear.
  • In the worst attacks of trouble there appears to be always a superficial film of consciousness which is left disengaged and open to the notice of trifles, and Bathsheba was faintly amused at the boy’s method, till he too passed on.
  • A runaway wife is an encumbrance to everybody, a burden to herself and a byword—all of which make up a heap of misery greater than any that comes by staying at home—though this may include the trifling items of insult, beating, and starvation.
  • "I will go on," he said; adding hesitatingly,—"Since you are not very well off, perhaps you would accept this trifle from me.

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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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