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1. Involving or paying only a small amount of money: a nickel-and-dime job.
2. Minor; small-time: "a nickel-and-dime operation run out of a single borrowed room" (New York).
v. nick·el-and-dimed, nick·el-and-dim·ing, nick·el-and-dimes or nick·eled-and-dimed or nick·el·ing-and-dim·ing or nick·els-and-dimes
To spend very little money.
1. To drain or destroy bit by bit, especially financially: nickel-and-dimed the project to death.
2. To accumulate in small amounts: "nickel-and-diming a substantial bankroll together" (Newsweek).
small; insignificant; involving small amounts of money
to wear or bring someone down by small-scale incursions, penalties etc
adj., v. nick•el-and-dimed nick•eled-and-dimed, nick•el-and-dim•ing nick•el•ing-and-dim•ing. Informal. adj.
1. insignificant; trivial; petty.v.t.
2. to expose to financial hardship by the accumulation of small expenses.
3. to hinder, annoy, or harass with trivialities or nonessentials.
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|Verb||1.||nickel-and-dime - spend money frugally; spend as little as possible|
|2.||nickel-and-dime - accumulate gradually; "she nickeled-and-dimed together a small house for her family"|
|Adj.||1.||nickel-and-dime - of minor importance; "a nickel-and-dime operation run out of a single rented room"; "a small-time actor"|
unimportant - not important; "a relatively unimportant feature of the system"; "the question seems unimportant"
|2.||nickel-and-dime - low-paying; "a nickel-and-dime job"|