[nik-uh l-uh n-dahym] /ˈnɪk əl ənˈdaɪm/ Informal.
of little or no importance; trivial; petty:
a nickel-and-dime business that soon folded.
verb (used with object), nickel-and-dimed or nickeled-and-dimed, nickel-and-diming or nickeling-and-diming.
to expose to financial hardship or bankruptcy by the accumulation of small expenses, bills, etc.:
We’re being nickel-and-dimed to death by these small weekly expenses.
to hinder, annoy, or harass with trivialities or nonessentials:
to be nickeled-and-dimed by petty criticisms.
noun phrase The fifth backfield player in the ”nickel defense”: When peace was restored, the officiating crew ejected end Tom Briggs and nickel back Leroy Axem (1980s+ Football)
- Nickel bag
noun phrase A five-dollar packet of narcotics (1960s+ Narcotics)
- Nickel belt
noun 1. (Canadian) the area around Sudbury in Northern Ontario, rich in nickel ore
- Nickel bloom
noun 1. another name for annabergite