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nickel-and-dime

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishnickel-and-dimeˌnickel-and-ˈdime1 verb [transitive] American English informal  to not give enough attention or money to something, with the result that it is not dealt with effectively→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
nickel-and-dimeIf we nickel-and-dime the problem now, we'll regret it later."Banks are trying to nickel-and-dime their customers with fees, " said Cohn, an analyst.
nickel-and-dimenickel-and-dime2 adjective [only before noun] American English  UNIMPORTANTCHEAPunimportant or involving little money
Examples from the Corpus
nickel-and-dimeWe face big problems that can't be solved with nickel-and-dime solutions.
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Verb table
nickel-and-dime
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theynickel-and-dime
he, she, itnickel-and-dimes
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theynickel-and-dimed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave nickel-and-dimed
he, she, ithas nickel-and-dimed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad nickel-and-dimed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill nickel-and-dime
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have nickel-and-dimed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam nickel-and-diming
he, she, itis nickel-and-diming
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you, we, theyare nickel-and-diming
Past
I, he, she, itwas nickel-and-diming
you, we, theywere nickel-and-diming
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been nickel-and-diming
he, she, ithas been nickel-and-diming
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been nickel-and-diming
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be nickel-and-diming
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been nickel-and-diming
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