nickel-and-dime

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj nickel-and-dime low-paying "a nickel-and-dime job"
    • adj nickel-and-dime of minor importance "a nickel-and-dime operation run out of a single rented room","a small-time actor"
    • v nickel-and-dime accumulate gradually "she nickeled-and-dimed together a small house for her family"
    • v nickel-and-dime spend money frugally; spend as little as possible
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Usage

In literature:

Our dimes and nickels were few.
"John Barleycorn" by Jack London
And the boards were an inch deep in nickels and dimes and quarters.
"Rolling Stones" by O. Henry
He was poor when he was a boy and glad to get hold of a dime, or a nickel.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
No, it is meant for dimes, nickels and pennies.
"The Children's Six Minutes" by Bruce S. Wright
He could not keep his thoughts away from the money in his pocket, a nickel and two dimes.
"Vandover and the Brute" by Frank Norris
His money always came in pennies and nickels and dimes and quarters.
"Our Holidays" by Various
A number of nickels and dimes went in, and then a vigorous dancing commenced.
"The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair" by Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')
Of his pitiful hoard of a few moments since only a few dimes and nickels remained.
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
Sherman suggested they get a dime changed and expend their nickel for the sweets.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
I've made my old clothes last over, and I've pinched the dimes and nickels so hard my thumbprints would look like treasury dies.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
Late in the afternoon Jinnie counted seventeen pennies, one dime and a nickel.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
No more pinching pennies or counting the nickels and dimes.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
There were still two dimes and a nickel in his pocket.
"Pursuit" by Lester del Rey
Try to nickel and dime him and he'll walk.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
I beg your pardon, sir; perhaps you have change of a dollar in dimes, nickels, and pennies.
"Contemporary One-Act Plays" by Sir James M. Barrie
He put his hand in his change pocket and took out two half dollars, three quarters, six dimes, four nickels.
"Hooded Detective, Volume III No. 2, January, 1942" by Various
Mr. Brent found two dimes and a nickel among his change, handed them to the awed Tim and went on.
"The Lucky Seventh" by Ralph Henry Barbour
It matters not to him whether he excites their pity or mirth so long as he gets their nickels and dimes.
"Tramping with Tramps" by Josiah Flynt
Each kind of money, as the penny, nickel, dime, has its own peculiar demand and its saturation point.
"The Principles of Economics" by Frank A. Fetter
Then she gave the dime to the conductor and took a nickel in exchange.
"Among the Humorists and After Dinner Speakers, Vol. I" by Various
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In poetry:

And a beggar was setting on Marmaduke Piers
Collecting of nickels and dimes
And a large stout party on Marmaduke Piers
Was a-reading the Morning Times.
"The Fate Of The 'Cabbage Rose'" by Wallace Irwin

In news:

Where is the balance between needed revenue and nickel and dimeing.
Joe Arpaio and Crew Remain Unscathed As Feds Go After Nickel-Dime Pilfering Pol Arredondo.
Is the 'Nickel and Dime' Strategy Working for the Airlines.
Also from James Krohe Jr. Nickeled and dimed.
Mall Change and his "Nickel and Dime Radio".
And while I have your attention, can't we please keep that nickel and dime stuff in stock.
Consumers fed up with being nickel-and-dimed by big banks have made these boom times for the nation's credit unions.
I disagree with Emanuel Cleaver 's approach of nickel-and-diming seniors to death by raising co-pays and denying COLA increases.
Going exclusively with nickel and dime packages, the defense gave up 117 rushing yards in the first half but did enough to help the Packers to a 27-20 victory over the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.
Each year, Suscavage counts up the dimes , nickels, quarters and dollars and writes a check for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Nickels and dimes are the new pennies.
We cannot count nickels and dimes .
Google's latest plan to nickel-and- dime us on the Web.
Students put pennies in their own buckets for positive points and add nickels, dimes and quarters to other grades' buckets to try to win the penny war at Albert Lea High School.
Students are fighting with donations of pennies , nickels, dimes and quarters to see who can raise the most money in a penny war.
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