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English definition of “nickel-and-dime”

nickel-and-dime

verb [T]     /ˌnɪk.l̩.ənˈdaɪm/ US informal
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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