Definition of Nickel-and-dime

1. Verb. Spend money frugally; spend as little as possible.

Exact synonyms: Penny-pinch
Generic synonyms: Drop, Expend, Spend

2. Adjective. Of minor importance. "A small-time actor"
Exact synonyms: Small-time
Similar to: Unimportant

3. Verb. Accumulate gradually. "She nickeled-and-dimed together a small house for her family"
Generic synonyms: Come Up, Scrape, Scrape Up, Scratch

4. Adjective. Low-paying. "A nickel-and-dime job"
Similar to: Cheap, Inexpensive

Definition of Nickel-and-dime

1. Adjective. (alternative spelling of nickel and dime) ¹

2. Verb. (alternative spelling of nickel and dime) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Nickel-and-dime

nick point
nick translation
nickar nut
nickar tree
nicked circle
nickel-and-dime (current term)
nickel-base alloy
nickel-cadmium accumulator
nickel-iron-selenium hydrogenase
nickel-iron accumulator
nickel-iron battery
nickel-iron hydrogenase
nickel alloy
nickel and dime
nickel bag
nickel bronze
nickel dermatitis

Literary usage of Nickel-and-dime

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The North American Review by Edward Everett, James Russell Lowell, Henry Cabot Lodge (1891)
"Then, again, we have the " boy-aud-girl story papers," the " nickel " and " dime novels," and so-called " monthly libraries " of cheap literature. ..."

2. An Ethnologic Dictionary of the Navaho Language by Franciscans, St. Michaels, Ariz (1910)
"... as would appear from the old five and ten cent paper notes, the names for which have survived in those for the nickel and dime of the present day. ..."

3. Durell's Arithmetic. by Fletcher Durell, Elizabeth Hall (1911)
"Most children are familiar with the one-cent piece, nickel, and dime. Show the pupils these pieces of money, and let them make some toy money by making ..."

4. The American Library Annual: Including Index to Dates of Current Events (1916)
"However, through the influence of library and school and the competition of the movies the nickel and dime novel has been hard hit. Recent figures show that ..."

5. Helping Your Child Learn Math: With Activities for Children Aged 5 Through 13 by Patsy R. Kenter (1992)
"Put a penny, nickel, and dime on the floor or table. Tell your child that you are thinking of a coin. Give your child hints to figure out which coin you are ..."

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