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trifling
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The House of Mirth
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as in: a trifling matter Define
something of small importance; or a small quantity
  • Perhaps he thought it foolish that she should trouble him about such a trifle.
  • At the thought her spirits began to rise: it was characteristic of her that one trifling piece of good fortune should give wings to all her hopes.

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  • In sending her the cheque he had explained that he had made five thousand for her out of Rosedale’s "tip," and had put four thousand back in the same venture, as there was the promise of another "big rise"; she understood therefore that he was now speculating with her own money, and that she consequently owed him no more than the gratitude which such a trifling service demanded.
  • The shabby chest of drawers was spread with a lace cover, and set out with a few gold-topped boxes and bottles, a rose-coloured pin-cushion, a glass tray strewn with tortoise-shell hair-pins—he shrank from the poignant intimacy of these trifles, and from the blank surface of the toilet-mirror above them.

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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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