I. adjective Date: 1941 1. involving or offering only a small amount of money 2. small-time II. transitive verb (nickeled-and-dimed or nickel-and-dimed; nickeling-and-diming or nickel-and-diming) Date: 1961 1. to impair, weaken, or defeat piecemeal (as through a series of small incursions or excessive attention to minor details) 2. to treat (as a person or situation) by paying excessive attention to small amounts of money often with a detrimental effect

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  • nickel and dime — (someone) American, informal to charge someone small amounts of money for something, often as an extra payment. I hate being nickeled and dimed by hotels for local telephone calls they already charge you so much for the room …   New idioms dictionary

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