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English adjective: nickel-and-dime

1. nickel-and-dime of minor importance

SamplesA nickel-and-dime operation run out of a single rented room.
A small-time actor.



Antonymsimportant, of import

2. nickel-and-dime low-paying

SamplesA nickel-and-dime job.

Similarcheap, inexpensive


English verb: nickel-and-dime

1. nickel-and-dime (possession) spend money frugally; spend as little as possible


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)drop, expend, spend

2. nickel-and-dime (contact) accumulate gradually

SamplesShe nickeled-and-dimed together a small house for her family.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)come up, scrape, scrape up, scratch

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