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nickel-and-dime

adjective uk   /ˌnɪk.l̩.ənˈdaɪm/ US informal us  
describes something that is not important, usually because it does not involve much money: a nickel-and-dime disputeOf little or less importance

nickel-and-dime

verb [T] uk   /ˌnɪk.l̩.ənˈdaɪm/ US informal us  
to damage something or make it weaker, either by taking away many small amounts of money or by giving too much attention to details: It may be a small fee, but added together small fees will nickel-and-dime me to death.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
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