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trifle
used in A Christmas Carol

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Definition
something of small importance; or a small quantity
  • No beggars implored him to bestow a trifle, no children asked him what it was o'clock, no man or woman ever once in all his life inquired the way to such and such a place, of Scrooge.
    1 — Marley's Ghost (10% in)
trifle = small amount
  • But there they were, in the heart of it; on 'Change, amongst the merchants; who hurried up and down, and chinked the money in their pockets, and conversed in groups, and looked at their watches, and trifled thoughtfully with their great gold seals; and so forth, as Scrooge had seen them often.
    4 — The Last of the Three Spirits (9% in)

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2  —1 use as in:
trifle with her affections
Definition
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
  • ...people who were not to be trifled with;
    2 — The First of the Three Spirits (64% in)
trifled with = treated thoughtlessly
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