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Franny and Zooey
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as in: a trifling matter Define
something of small importance; or a small quantity
  • a trifle dizzy
  • He reflected, looking a trifle morose.

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  • She arched her back a trifle, and, with her mouth a trifle open, she put her hand on top of her head.
  • She arched her back a trifle, and, with her mouth a trifle open, she put her hand on top of her head.
  • Franny suddenly sat up a trifle straighter in her seat, self-consciously.
  • She weaved a trifle, then fainted, collapsing to the floor.
  • He sat a trifle closer to her and bent down and kissed her, briefly.
  • ZOOEY THE facts at hand presumably speak for themselves, but a trifle more vulgarly, I suspect, than facts even usually do.
  • The response from behind the shower curtain was a trifle delayed but delighted.
  • "And I mean all of you," she said, and abruptly straightened her posture a trifle.

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  • She stared at him for a moment, and then, slowly, a new look gathered in her eyes—resourceful, crafty, and a trifle desperate.
  • Zooey put a hand on each side of the washbowl and leaned his chest forward a trifle, his eyes on the general background of enamel.
  • But she was insulted, and a trifle hurt.
  • More than a trifle grimly, he brought his cigar to his mouth and dragged on it, but it had gone out.
  • "Always the heavy," Zooey said, a trifle too matter-of-factly.
  • The lettering was minute, but jet-black and passionately legible, if just a trifle fancy in spots, and without blots or erasures.
  • Franny took advantage of the slight pause that followed to straighten her back a trifle, as though, for some reason, good posture, or better posture, might come in handy at any moment.
  • It was exactly the kind of pause—just a trifle rich with seniority of years—that had often tried the patience of both Franny and the vif tuoso at the other end of the phone when they were small children.

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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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