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trifle with
as in:  trifle with her affections

not a woman to trifle with or ignore
  to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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  • not a woman to trifle with or ignore
  • The European Parliament refuses to be trifled with.
  • ...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

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  • 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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