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Word: trifle

Definition: something of little importance or value; small amount; Ex. a trifle; V: treat without seriousness; flirt


Sentences Containing 'trifle'

Miss Pross's fidelity of belief in Solomon -LRB- deducting a mere trifle for this slight mistake -RRB- was quite a serious matter with Mr. Lorry, and had its weight in his good opinion of her.
Lady Catherine seemed quite astonished at not receiving a direct answer; and Elizabeth suspected herself to be the first creature who had ever dared to trifle with so much dignified impertinence.
``I would not on any account trifle with her affectionate solicitude; or allow her to hear it from anyone but myself.
After a short pause, her companion added,``You are too generous to trifle with me.
The column of water which can be raised this way is approximately 34 feet, sometimes a trifle more, sometimes a trifle less.
I particularly longed to acquire the least trifle of notice from the big stormy mate, and I was on the alert for an opportunity to do him a service to that end.
But of course my complacency could hardly get start enough to lift my nose a trifle into the air, before Mr. Bixby would think of something to fetch it down again.
However, virtue is its own reward, so I was a barely perceptible trifle ahead in the contest.
Give a man the merest trifle of pluck to start with, and by the time he has become a pilot he can not be unmanned by any danger a steamboat can get into; but one can not quite say the same for judgment.
If one of the boats has a`lightning'pilot, whose`partner'is a trifle his inferior, you can tell which one is on watch by noting whether that boat has gained ground or lost some during each four hour stretch.
For this reason: the distance between New Orleans and Cairo, when the`J. M. White'ran it, was about eleven hundred and six miles; consequently her average speed was a trifle over fourteen miles per hour.
That is an average of a trifle over one mile and a third per year.
I thought of a new torture, and applied it assisting myself with a trifle of lying invention`That poor Kruger tried to save my wife and child, and I did him a grateful good turn for it when the time came.
He knew how he was regarded, and perhaps this fact added some trifle of stiffening to his natural dignity, which had been sufficiently stiff in its original state.
``Well, never mind that, neighbor Caderousse; it is not worth while to contradict me for such a trifle as that.
I would not be quite sure that he has not been mixed up with the police for some trifle a stab with a knife, for instance.''
``My dear sir, if a trifle like that could suffice me, I should never have given myself the trouble of opening an account.
``It is quite immaterial to me,''said Monte Cristo,``and it was very unnecessary to disturb me at the opera for such a trifle.
No landlord shares with him in its produce, and, the share of the sovereign is commonly but a trifle.
Waste lands, of the greatest natural fertility, are to be had for a trifle.
Well, after reading these speeches I wrote a wretched trifle, destined for drowning or burning.
After returning, before turning on my side to snore, I do my task and give an account of the day to my delightful master, whom if I could long for a little more, I should not mind growing a trifle thinner.
Battle within battle must be continually recurring with varying success; and yet in the long-run the forces are so nicely balanced that the face of nature remains for long periods of time uniform, though assuredly the merest trifle would give the victory to one organic being over another.
I have, as you know, wealth of my own, and I covet not that of others; my taste is for freedom, and I have no relish for constraint; I neither love nor hate anyone; I do not deceive this one or court that, or trifle with one or play with another.
The barber told him he could manage it properly without any instruction, and as he did not care to dress himself up until they were near where Don Quixote was, he folded up the garments, and the curate adjusted his beard, and they set out under the guidance of Sancho Panza, who went along telling them of the encounter with the madman they met in the Sierra, saying nothing, however, about the finding of the valise and its contents; for with all his simplicity the lad was a trifle covetous.
Then who can deny that the story of Pierres and the fair Magalona is true, when even to this day may be seen in the king's armoury the pin with which the valiant Pierres guided the wooden horse he rode through the air, and it is a trifle bigger than the pole of a cart?
And to add to these swaggering ways he was a trifle of a musician, and played the guitar with such a flourish that some said he made it speak; nor did his accomplishments end here, for he was something of a poet too, and on every trifle that happened in the town he made a ballad a league long.
What I entreat of thee, O thou fatal star to me, is that the hand thou demandest of me and wouldst give me, be not given out of complaisance or to deceive me afresh, but that thou confess and declare that without any constraint upon thy will thou givest it to me as to thy lawful husband; for it is not meet that thou shouldst trifle with me at such a moment as this, or have recourse to falsehoods with one who has dealt so truly by thee."
I am resolved with your worship's leave, lady of my soul, to make the most of this fair day, and go to Court to stretch myself at ease in a coach, and make all those I have envying me already burst their eyes out; so I beg your excellence to order my husband to send me a small trifle of money, and to let it be something to speak of, because one's expenses are heavy at the Court; for a loaf costs a real, and meat thirty maravedis a pound, which is beyond everything; and if he does not want me to go let him tell me in time, for my feet are on the fidgets to be off; and my friends and neighbours tell me that if my daughter and I make a figure and a brave show at Court, my husband will come to be known far more by me than I by him, for of course plenty of people will ask, "Who are those ladies in that coach?"
It is a comfort to me that they can't call that present a bribe; for I had got the government already when she sent them, and it's but reasonable that those who have had a good turn done them should show their gratitude, if it's only with a trifle.
The wise man and the Christian should not trifle with what it may please heaven to do.
He might have given himself six or eight when he began to think the joke no trifle, and its price very low; and holding his hand for a moment, he told his master that he cried off on the score of a blind bargain, for each of those lashes ought to be paid for at the rate of half a real instead of a quarter.
I feel, sirs, that I am rapidly drawing near death; a truce to jesting; let me have a confessor to confess me, and a notary to make my will; for in extremities like this, man must not trifle with his soul; and while the curate is confessing me let some one, I beg, go for the notary."
If I had a good place, and was treated well here, I should beg acceptance of a trifle, instead of taking of it.
She had a little basket-trifle hanging at her side, with keys in it; and she looked as staid and as discreet a housekeeper as the old house could have.
It is, of course, a trifle, but there is nothing so important as trifles.
Do you think that I would respond to such a trifle and yet be ignorant of his death?"
"Oh, it is a matter of no importance; but I don't know why you should be so warm over such a trifle."
'I have got a trifle of money somewhere about me, my dear,' said Mr. Barkis, 'but I'm a little tired.
They were dressed alike, but this sister wore her dress with a more youthful air than the other; and perhaps had a trifle more frill, or tucker, or brooch, or bracelet, or some little thing of that kind, which made her look more lively.
I think of every little trifle between me and Dora, and feel the truth, that trifles make the sum of life.
'I descended--as I might have known I should, but that he fascinated me with his boyish courtship--into a doll, a trifle for the occupation of an idle hour, to be dropped, and taken up, and trifled with, as the inconstant humour took him.
Even this,' showing me the basket-trifle, full of keys, still hanging at her side, 'seems to jingle a kind of old tune!'
said Alice, still hoping to make them a LITTLE ashamed of fighting for such a trifle.
I sell them unto men," he said, "Who sail on stormy seas; And that's the way I get my bread-- A trifle, if you please."
He received it with abundance of thanks, more than such a trifle could deserve.
It seems indeed to be a work that requires some exactness, but the professor assured us, “that if it were dexterously performed, the cure would be infallible.” For he argued thus: “that the two half brains being left to debate the matter between themselves within the space of one skull, would soon come to a good understanding, and produce that moderation, as well as regularity of thinking, so much to be wished for in the heads of those, who imagine they come into the world only to watch and govern its motion: and as to the difference of brains, in quantity or quality, among those who are directors in faction, the doctor assured us, from his own knowledge, that “it was a perfect trifle.” I heard a very warm debate between two professors, about the most commodious and effectual ways and means of raising money, without grieving the subject.
I have often observed these rascals sneaking from gentlemen's doors with wallets or hats' full of good victuals, which they either carry to their trulls, or sell for a trifle.

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