nickel and dime
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- (US, idiomatic, colloquial) Small time; operating on a small scale; involving small amounts of money; petty or cheap.
- I bought my new ride from some nickel and dime used-car salesman.
- Don't waste your time with that; their operations are nickel and dime.
- (US, idiomatic, colloquial) To charge, or be charged, several unexpected small amounts of money, often in the form of fees, taxes, or related expenses to a venture, which when taken as a whole add up to a significant unexpected cost.
- I got nickel and dimed to death by the phone company's sneaky extra charges.
- It seems like a great offer, but they will just nickel and dime you until you've spent more than retail anyway.
- (US, idiomatic, colloquial, figuratively) To wear down in small increments; to quibble or obsess endlessly with (someone) over trifles.