Nickel-and-Dime

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Nickel-and-Dime : Phrases



Meaning:

Unimportant, small-time, trivial, petty.


Example:

Jethro never takes her to fancy restaurants. He always
nickels and dimes her.


Origin:

The 20th century African-American saying,
nickel-and-dime refers to two of the smallest units of United States money. Anything that’s nickel-and-dime is the opposite of big bucks.





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