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as in: trifle with her affections Define
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
  • not a woman to trifle with or ignore
  • The European Parliament refuses to be trifled with.

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  • ...she was not to be trifled with.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Confident as I am that you will not trifle with this appeal, my heart sinks and my hand trembles at the bare thought of such a possibility.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • But a Judge may not trifle with the Law because the society is defective.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • ...asked Phoebe, with impatient surprise that Holgrave should so trifle with her at such a moment.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • I don’t trifle with him; but then, I have nothing to do with him.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The thing failed this time, however, so the boys shouldered their tools and went away feeling that they had not trifled with fortune, but had fulfilled all the requirements that belong to the business of treasure-hunting.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • They were not to be trifled with.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • So you have already had your sweet trifle with her, I suppose; you have taken her there on her dirt bed?
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • "I am no one to be trifled with," replied the man in black "That is all you ever need to know."
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • I’d taught Little Arliss and Jumper that I wasn’t to be trifled with.
    Fred Gipson  --  Old Yeller
  • Gus wasn’t a man to trifle with, especially when it came to money.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • "In agreeing to adopt you," he said, "I have become your father, and as your father I am not someone to be trifled with.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • It is unwise to trifle with those who have such abilities.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Make me understand once for all that you are trifling with my happiness, that my life or death are nothing to you.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Even the wisest among us hesitate to trifle with them for fear of death or worse.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Has he been trifling with you?
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • There must be no trifling with HER affections, poor dear.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Do not believe That, from the sense of all civility, I thus would play and trifle with your reverence: Your daughter,—if you have not given her leave,— I say again, hath made a gross revolt; Tying her duty, beauty, wit, and fortunes In an extravagant and wheeling stranger Of here and everywhere.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Weston do not trifle with me.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Ah, it seems too good to be true, it IS too good to be true—I charge thee, have pity, do not trifle with me!
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • What lady has rejected you, or what evidence have you found to prove that the lady Dulcinea del Toboso has been trifling with Moor or Christian?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He doesn’t understand that she’s one of those women who can’t trifle with their feelings.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Lady Catherine seemed quite astonished at not receiving a direct answer; and Elizabeth suspected herself to be the first creature who had ever dared to trifle with so much dignified impertinence.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • She is not one to trifle with.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • "How! what!" exclaimed all the robbers at once; "darest thou trifle with us, that thou tellest such improbable lies?"
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Alas, how love can trifle with itself!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • I mean, daring to trifle with the respectability of a family that has a good and honest name to support.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • "Don’t trifle with her affections, you Don Juan!"
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • This will let the imperialists know that they may not trifle with the men of the Soviet Navy, that we can approach their coast at the time of our choosing, and that they must respect the Soviet Union!
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • "Good gracious! what dreadful trifling with people’s constitutions!" said Mrs. Taft.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • She knew that he trifled with her; but she loved on.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Plead as he might, her case, as she saw it, was at last critical and no longer to be trifled with in any way.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • This turned to his disadvantage; for having promised discoveries, but not being able to make it good, it was looked upon as trifling with the justice of the city, and he was the more fiercely pursued by the shopkeepers who took him.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • Sometimes I wonder what will happen if Sam and I are called to stand before Saint Peter on the same day, and my sins include everything from trifling with loose women to sleeping in church, and Sam just says, "Well, Pete, once I did fish on a Sunday."
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • The sisters, handsome, clever, and encouraging, were an amusement to his sated mind; and finding nothing in Norfolk to equal the social pleasures of Mansfield, he gladly returned to it at the time appointed, and was welcomed thither quite as gladly by those whom he came to trifle with further.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • I must know it sooner or later; and what purpose can be gained by trifling with the matter for a few minutes, when half the time would put me in possession of all that has occurred?
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • But there were dangers in trifling with wildling women.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • His trifling with the drug of research was risky.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • VIVIE [ruthlessly] Yes, without a moment’s hesitation, if you trifle with me about this.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • For the first time, in conversation with me to-day, he trifled with our customs and God.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • It was, as it were, trifling with the terrific character of his whiskers; but my object was to give him an opportunity for a good look at my cabin.
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Secret Sharer
  • You can trifle with your breakfast and seem to disdain your dinner if you are full to the brim with roasted eggs and potatoes and richly frothed new milk and oatcakes and buns and heather honey and clotted cream.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • The world still wants its poet-priest, a reconciler, who shall not trifle with Shakspeare the player, nor shall grope in graves with Swedenborg the mourner; but who shall see, speak, and act, with equal inspiration.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Like many other critics of Empire, her mouth had been stopped with food, and she could only exclaim at the hospitality with which she had been received, and warn the Mother Country against trifling with young Titans.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • I was here on a serious charge, a homicide by whatever name, destruction of life under whatever bureaucratic label, and this was where I belonged, confined upstate, but the people who put me here were trifling with my mind.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Some wild and half-frantic notion of a deception troubled her fancy, and she imagined that the men were trifling with her fears.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • A mockery, indeed, but in which his soul trifled with itself!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I must not be trifled with, and I demand an answer.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
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as in: a trifling matter Define
something of small importance; or a small quantity
  • 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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  • ...for as Father says, trifles show character.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • and happened to raise her skirt a trifle too high above her ankles
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • But my soul took a wild interest in trifles, and I busied myself in endeavors to account for the error I had committed in my measurement.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Pooh!—those were trifles.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • She prizes not such trifles as these are:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • She wondered why he, who did not usually trouble over trifles, made such a mountain of this molehill.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • argued about trifles
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Tell-Tale Heart
  • The moon rose in the sky as Montag walked, his lips moving just a trifle.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451

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  • But by and by the thing dragged through, and everything was sold —everything but a little old trifling lot in the graveyard.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Oh, it is a matter of no importance; but I don’t know why you should be so warm over such a trifle.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • At the gate the servant opened the door a trifle and looked out at the waiting people.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • a point where the Mississippi River was a trifle over a mile wide,
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Merely a trifle!
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • "Yes, certainly, I know that," said the doctor, a trifle sharply.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • ...and that’s no trifle to say.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • Not just a trifle evil. Monstrously evil.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • The door stood a trifle ajar.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • I dare say you two thought I was a trifle tipsy last night, but I do assure you it was - well, most of it was - put on.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • ...hoping to make them a LITTLE ashamed of fighting for such a trifle.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • You should never fret about trifles.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • I had learned, too, the very remarkable fact, that the stem of the Usher race, all time-honored as it was, had put forth, at no period, any enduring branch; in other words, that the entire family lay in the direct line of descent, and had always, with very trifling and very temporary variation, so lain.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • a trifle more than nothing.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Wilson showed a trifle of irritation when he replied...
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • a trifle dizzy
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • GEORGE (A trifle abstracted): Oh, I’ve had it awhile.
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • For every trifle are they set upon me:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • "Those girls are trifling," DeNice said.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • Her life was indeed serious, her desires were serious, and I could understand why she didn’t want to mess around with some trifling bimbo who was experimenting with lesbianism just to entertain herself in prison.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The big male seemed a trifle bored; but the female’s gaze was fixed on me with what I took to be an expression of unabashed and even prurient curiosity.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Over a handful of fluffy white kernels William relaxed a trifle.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The woman who emerged was a trifle thinner, a great deal wiser, an ocean sadder.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Gooseberry tarts and currant bread and cream trifle and plum pudding and chocolate bonbons and spice cake—all dribbled over with butter rum sauce and apricot sauce and peppermint sauce.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Not even the warning words in that day’s Chicago Tribune drew much attention: "For days past alarm has followed alarm, but the comparatively trifling losses have familiarized us to the pealing of the Courthouse bell, and we [have] forgotten that the absence of rain for three weeks [has] left everything in so dry and inflammable a condition that a spark might set a fire which would sweep from end to end of the city."
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • The third bedroom was a trifle small, but it would do just fine for Turtle.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • I asked, a trifle intimidated at the show of power.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • On Washington’s Birthday in 1862, a captain in the 5th Alabama Infantry wrote to his mother: "How trifling were the wrongs complained of by our Revolutionary forefathers, in comparison with ours!
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Although, as I said, I was without real fear in my plight, I could not help feeling a trifle insecure, especially since the prospects of getting another job were next to zero.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Frank smiled, but looked a trifle uneasy, as he often did about my less delicate war stories.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He said, "You tell Mr Perks it’s a pleasure to make a little trifle for a man as is so much respected," and then he said he wished he could shoe your children and his own children, like they do the horses, because, well, he knew what shoe leather was.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • PROCTOR, a trifle unsteadily: I—am sure I do, sir.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Since then we have learned better than to be shy about such trifling immodesties.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • It all just too trifling and confuse.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • He said that the POWs had complained of "trifle things" and had used epithets to refer to the Japanese.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Nay, gentlemen, prepare not to be gone; We have a trifling foolish banquet towards.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Nothing is too small or too trifling to undergo this change, and acquire dignity thereby.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I don’t know why such a trifle should come before, then said one elder to another.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • What is the use of troubling Mr. Holmes with trifles of this kind?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • All of these were sinister incidents; but they were trifles compared to what Jurgis saw with his own eyes before long.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
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  • "What on earth for?" she wondered, astonished, but at the same time touched by this strange tribute to her power.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Almost any exhibition of complete self-sufficiency draws a stunned tribute from me.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby

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  • It lies upon their eager faces who offered him a coin of the tribute.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • There is an air of prescription about him which is always agreeable to Sir Leicester; he receives it as a kind of tribute.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Mr. Micawber closed this handsome tribute by saying, ’Mr.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Do not be overpowered by such a little tribute of admiration.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • It meant nothing in his terms; in hers, it meant the best tribute she could offer to him and to their marriage.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It was a tribute to the Overlords’ psychology, and to their careful years of preparation, that only a few people fainted.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • And we gave those troublesome giants on the frontier such a good beating last summer that they pay us tribute now.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • As a tribute to the magic of Venus, the Greeks used her fouryear cycle to organize their Olympiads.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • So this Illuminati artist created four pieces of art that looked religious, but were actually tributes to Earth, Air, Fire, and Water?
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • ’But Gandalf spoke of a rumour that they pay tribute to Mordor ’ said Gimli.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Not all the flowers of the town were standing in tribute to the leaders of the Confederacy.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Finally the Chief Elder paid tribute to the hard work of her committee, which had performed the observations so meticulously all year.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Yet it was to the Clearing that Sethe determined to go—to pay tribute to Halle.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • He received the gifts as tributes, from admirers, to a public character.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The Father of the Marshalsea had never been offered tribute in copper yet.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • That was the first real tribute to herself.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Dick was paying some tribute to things unforgotten, unshriven, unexpurgated.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • They were there to attend tributes to the dead.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • He bowed in that direction, raised his coffee cup in tribute.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Though he was a stranger to her she accepted his offer of a seat beside him, ignoring that its motive was a mere tribute to her countenance.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Her tribute took that form if, as she vaguely supposed, a picture must be a tribute.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • Each of them spoke and paid tribute to my old professor.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • However this was a tribute to the goddess of fortune, thanks for a long run of luck.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Every year, the Greeks had to pony up a few virgins and send them to Crete as tribute.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • One such letter, a moving tribute to a lost love, was discovered washed up on Long Island last year.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • They stood together over the grave in final tribute.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • "Uh," went on his interviewer, rather pleased by the innocent tribute to the superiority of his store.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • As long as they lived here in this prescribed corner of the city, they paid mute tribute to it.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Each year Tita prepared it in tribute to her sister’s liberation and she always took special care in arranging the garnish.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Mortenson was a climber and he had decided on the most meaningful tribute he had within him.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • I was paying tribute to that life experience, and to Walt Disney himself, who famously had said, "If you can dream it, you can do it."
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • The Hedestad Courier had published a tribute to the former magnate on his eightieth birthday two years ago, and it included a short sketch.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • That their machinery withstood this hammer-handed treatment was a tribute to their vitality and Eliza’s cookery.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • A SMALL TRIBUTE TO ARTHUR BERG, A STILL-LIVING MAN The Cologne sky was yellow and rotting, flaking at the edges.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • In her center, as in many of the great classical cities, the founders had erected an enduring tribute to the ancients—the Egyptian obelisk.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The fact that they did is some kind of tribute to the thick-willed slug-brained stubbornness of these creatures.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The guards looked in at me as they passed on their rounds, a tribute to my reputation.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • "Wouldn’t that be a fine tribute to Mrs. Spence?"
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Blood was used for a sacred drawing, to pay tribute to a goddess whose influence was being sought.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • There were the Pattons, a couple who lived down the Row, and a girl named Dumonde, whose presence I took to be tribute to me, and Judge Irwin, and us.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • I imagined Kwang in a dark suit and white gloves, his parcels of tribute politely bundled behind him on the dais.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • The kings from whom they’d taken tributes of treasure they now asked for tributes of men.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • That’s probably the strangest tribute this school has had in a hundred and sixty years.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • The pink sky and the monsters in the jungle and the tributes who want your blood become your final reality, the only one that ever mattered.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • She left out individual tributes since she had nothing to say about Miriam and her party.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • She wanted this to be a meaningful tribute to her family, a gift that would last forever.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • The team decided to forfeit the next two games and to dedicate the rest of the season to Rob and to try to win the title as a tribute to him.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger
  • She still feels guilty about not continuing Mama’s tribute of a fresh blossom for the girls every day.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
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