Word forms: nickels-and-dimes, nickel-and-diming, nickeling-and-diming, nickel-and-dimed, nickeled-and-dimed
1. transitive verb
[US , informal , disapproval]
If you accuse
a person of nickel-and-diming
someone or something, you are criticizing
that person for weakening
them, for example, by continually taking small amounts of money away from them, or
by continually making small changes or requests
A bad contractor may hide mistakes or blame someone else and nickel-and-dime you with
Oakland has been reeling from financial crisis and has been nickel-and-diming essential
services for years.
[US , informal]
If you describe
someone or something as nickel-and-dime
, you mean that they are not very important or they only function on a small scale.
...a number of nickel-and-dime jobs – janitor, pastry chef, window washer.
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