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We’re in agreement on the main issues. We just have some trivial details to work out.
  of little importance; or describing  a challenge as uninteresting and easy to solve
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Strongly Associated with:   trivia
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  • We’re in agreement on the main issues. We just have some trivial details to work out.
  • I have heard only trivial objections.
  • It was a trivial, but enjoyable, conversation.
  • "And this might also sound trivial, but I don’t think you’d make attractive children."
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir

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  • At the sideshow, a scruffy carnival barker was shouting through a megaphone, promising glimpses of "the most shocking errors of nature allowed on view by law" for a trivial fee.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I had none of these concerns, because I was so much luckier than the majority of the women I’d been living with in Danbury, but I felt disrespected by how trivial these classes were turning out to be.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • So I am starting to think that the real cause of my restlessness is something that I saw this afternoon, which was most ordinary and trivial.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • They seemed embarrassingly trivial next to his.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • (Yes, occasionally I might have ordered demigods to run trivial errands for me, like starting wars or retrieving magic items from monsters’ lairs, but those requests didn’t count.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Anyway, it was just one more little, trivial thing.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

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  • After several hours the commandant’s assistant calls him in and sets down his ballpoint and looks across his desk as though Werner is one among a vast series of trivial problems he must put right.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • In fact, I was coming to the painful conclusion that all my victories would seem minuscule and trivial compared to my expectations at the beginning of the year.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Now here he was, waving aside my sympathy as though that had been an incident too trivial to recall.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • And this was not a trivial question.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Other people thought it was about female slavery, others that it was a stereotyping of women in negative and trivial domestic roles.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Violet had a real knack for inventing and building strange devices, so her brain was often filled with images of pulleys, levers, and gears, and she never wanted to be distracted by something as trivial as her hair.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • He waved a hand, dismissing these as trivial.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • She raged about people of great skill and empathy wasting their time on sideshows, on minor issues, trivial matters.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • She says you get used to it, to the amount of money they spend on such trivial things.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • "Problem is, you don’t have many" I fixed on his eyes, hoping they would relax and that we’d move on to something trivial like, You better start cutting down those long hours, Lindsay.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • There are cases where it is some quite trivial thing, not even fatal.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The game was trivial compared to the whole world.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Apart from food and sleep, they found time for play, aimless and trivial, in the white sand by the bright water.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • They enforced their authority with the sword, beheading people for infractions as trivial as the theft of a pumpkin.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • If he’d known about it, crossing the Teklanika to safety would have been a trivial matter.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • But radium destroys any cells it encounters, and patients who’d taken it for trivial problems began dying.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Selfish, vain, stupid, trivial in everything—that’s what women are when you see them in their true colors!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • What trivial thing was I doing while they divided the map beneath my feet?
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • And I happened to get a guy who taught it in a very dry, very trivial way.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • As I expected, his reply was typewritten and revealed the same trivial but characteristic defects.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Not out of malice, but because people in Mr. Wandati’s position often cannot appreciate how small, trivial things like this could bring shame to a man like me.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The letter opened with the normal trivial catching-up jokes, but it soon became more serious.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • All these trivial incidents belonged to the routine of life, and the return of morning.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The argument was based on something so trivial it didn’t seem worth wasting a single word on it.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • I too have seen the need of putting down at present everything, however trivial, but there is little in this except what is personal.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Who would have thought it would end so… so trivially?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • I really don’t know why I bored you with this trivial anecdote.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • She would rather not torment herself, would rather turn her mind toward more trivial matters like the preparation of a good lip balm.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • He sounded angry, as if it were beneath his dignity to carry out such a trivial task.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • He found trivial all that was meant to charm him and did not answer the glances which invited him to be bold.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • He discovered that the distances, as compared with the brilliant measurings of his mind, were trivial and ridiculous.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • I mention this small episode because it assumes some importance in view of the tragedy which followed, but I was convinced at the time that the matter was entirely trivial and that his excitement had no justification.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • "But," he added, pausing by Alec’s chair and leaning in close to him, "you are not trivial."
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Why, a stupid thing like this, the most trivial detail might spoil the whole plan.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • If she ignored his note it would give undue importance to a trivial affair.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • The difficulty, nevertheless, was but trivial; although, in the disorder of my fancy, it seemed at first insuperable.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • It was hard to talk about love with Charlie—we were so much alike, always reverting to trivial things to avoid embarrassing emotional displays.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Nevertheless, these details, which are wrongly called trivial,— there are no trivial facts in humanity, nor little leaves in vegetation,—are useful.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I shudder at the thought of any, even the most trivial, incident, which may operate upon this intolerable agitation of soul.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • [He thrusts his hands into his pockets, and walks about in his usual manner, rattling the contents of his pockets, as if condescending to a trivial subject out of pure kindness].
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
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