North American • informal
- Harass (someone) by charging for many trivial items or services: we don’t nickel-and-dime our customers like some vendors that charge extra for every little utilityMore example sentences
- If companies charge extra for specialized modules, they get accused of nickel-and-diming the customer.
- Mobile-phone companies have inherited this arrogance, building their business models around nickel-and-diming customers.
- It's an instance of consumers being nickel-and-dimed to death.
adjective[attributive] Back to top
- Of little importance: the only games this weekend are nickel-and-dime stuffMore example sentences
- We couldn't subsidize [housing] enough, so people have to have jobs and they have to be living-wage jobs, not the nickel-and-dime stuff.
- Harbaugh did nothing but throw nickel-and-dime stuff in the fourth quarter, and if he continues to play, that's probably how it's going to be.
- We can start with a tiny company in a hardscrabble nickel-and-dime industry and build it into a billion-dollar business.
1930s: originally denoting a shop selling articles costing five or ten cents.
More definitions of nickel-and-dimeDefinition of nickel-and-dime in:
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