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English definition of “trifle with sb/sth”

trifle with sb/sth

formal or old-fashioned phrasal verb with trifle     /ˈtraɪ.fl̩/ verb
to treat someone or something carelessly or without respect: He trifled with her affections (= feelings). As you know, Caroline O'Neill is not a woman to be trifled with.Insults and abuseTreating people or animals badly
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