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nickelanddime

adjective

nick·​el-and-dime


| \ˌni-kəl-ən-ˈdīm

\

Definition of nickel-and-dime 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1

: involving or offering only a small amount of money

2

: small-time

nickelanddime

verb

nickeled-and-dimed\ ˌni-​kəld-​ən-​ˈdīmd

\
or nickel-and-dimed\ ˌni-​kəl-​ən-​ˈdīmd

\;
nickeling-and-diming\ ˌni-​k(ə-​)liŋ-​ən-​ˈdī-​miŋ

\
or nickel-and-diming\ ˌni-​kəl-​ən-​ˈdī-​miŋ

\

Definition of nickel-and-dime (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1

: to impair, weaken, or defeat piecemeal (as through a series of small incursions or excessive attention to minor details)

2

: to treat (a person or situation) by paying excessive attention to small amounts of money often with a detrimental effect

First Known Use of nickelanddime

Adjective

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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nickel-and-dime

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nickel-and-dime

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: involving, making, or spending a small amount of money

: not very important

nickel-and-dime

verb

English Language Learners Definition of nickel-and-dime (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (someone) pay many small amounts of money over a long period of time

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Definition of ‘nickel-and-dime’

nickel-and-dime


also nickel and dime

Word forms: nickels-and-dimes, nickel-and-diming, nickeling-and-diming, nickel-and-dimed, nickeled-and-dimed

1. transitive verb

If you accuse a person of nickel-and-diming someone or something, you are criticizing that person for weakening or exhausting them, for example, by continually taking small amounts of money away from them, or
by continually making small changes or requests .

[US, informal, disapproval]

A bad contractor may hide mistakes or blame someone else and nickel-and-dime you
with extra charges.
Oakland has been reeling from financial crisis and has been nickel-and-diming essential
services for years.
2. adjective

If you describe someone or something as nickel-and-dime, you mean that they are not very important or they only function on a small scale.

[US, informal]

…a number of nickel-and-dime jobs – janitor, pastry chef, window washer.

COBUILD Advanced English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

nickel-and-dime in British

(ˌnɪkələnˈdaɪm)

US informal

adjective

1. 

small; insignificant ; involving small amounts of money
Do you really think that only nickel-and-dime amounts are involved?
funds for nickel-and-dime investors
They meet every week in his basement for nickel-and-dime poker games
verb (transitive)

2. 

to wear or bring someone down by small-scale incursions , penalties etc
Angry citizens accused the council of trying to nickel-and-dime them to death.
The act sets very low contribution limits forcing candidates to nickel-and-dime their
supporters all the year round.
The sales tax nickel-and-dimes you. It’s only small sums, but over time they add
up.

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

nickel-and-dime in American

(ˈnɪkələnˈdaɪm
; nikˈələndīmˈ)

US, Informal

adjective

1. 

costing or spending little; cheap
2. 

of little value or importance ; minor ; petty
verb transitiveWord forms: ˈnickel- (or ˈnickeled-)and-ˈdimed, ˈnickel- (or ˈnickeling-)and-ˈdiming

3. 

to spend very little on

4. 

to weaken , erode , destroy, etc. as by the repeated expenditure of small sums or repeated niggling actions
verb intransitive

5. 

to spend very little
Idioms:

nickel-and-dime it
Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by
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