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nickel and dime

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Etymology

From the names of two US coins of small value.

Pronunciation

Adjective

nickel and dime

  1. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Small time; operating on a small scale; involving small amounts of money; petty or cheap.
    I bought my new ride from some nickel and dime used-car salesman.
    Don't waste your time with that; their operations are nickel and dime.

Verb

Infinitive
to nickel and dime

Third person singular
nickel and dim

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ed

to nickel and dime (third-person singular simple present nickel and dim, present participle ed, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To charge, or be charged, several unexpected small amounts of money, often in the form of fees, taxes, or related expenses to a venture, which when taken as a whole add up to a significant unexpected cost.
    I got nickel and dimed to death by the phone company's sneaky extra charges.
    It seems like a great offer, but they will just nickel and dime you until you've spent more than retail anyway.
  2. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To wear down in small increments; to quibble or obsess endlessly with (someone) over trifles.

Noun

Singular
nickel and dime

Plural
-

nickel and dime (-)
  1. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Fifteen years.

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