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trifle

1. a type of pewter of medium hardness
2. articles made from this pewter
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If the part is trifling she will have more credit in making something of it; and if she is so desperately bent against everything humorous, let her take Cottager's speeches instead of Cottager's wife's, and so change the parts all through; he is solemn and pathetic enough, I am sure.
He was so weary of the idle curiosity--as it appeared to him--which persisted in asking trifling questions, that he left his seat, and crossed the room.
Some trifling event will bring us together the next time--as trifling, I dare say, as the engagement of Ferrari.
Although natural selection can act only through and for the good of each being, yet characters and structures, which we are apt to consider as of very trifling importance, may thus be acted on.
I am well aware that this doctrine of natural selection, exemplified in the above imaginary instances, is open to the same objections which were at first urged against Sir Charles Lyell's noble views on 'the modern changes of the earth, as illustrative of geology;' but we now very seldom hear the action, for instance, of the coast-waves, called a trifling and insignificant cause, when applied to the excavation of gigantic valleys or to the formation of the longest lines of inland cliffs.
Forty thousand pounds was a trifling transaction to Bulpit Brothers.
Anyway, it is only a trifling matter, and I am almost ashamed to put it down here in writing--it seems to set the forlornness of our situation in such a miserably vivid light.
He pressed his wife's hand under the table when she thanked him for trifling little attentions at dinner.
for she could deduce a precious moral from the most trifling event) that to take a draught of small ale in the morning was to observe a pernicious, irreligious, and Pagan custom, the relish whereof should be left to swine, and Satan, or at least to Popish persons, and should be shunned by the righteous as a work of sin and evil.
It works out at PS3m a year for each council, which is a trifling sum compared to the PS140m cuts that Durham County Council has had to save, in excess of PS40m which has been identified by the Chancellor.
Despite these efforts, the EU is trifling with Turkey, Erdogan said.
Following the trifling monthly amelioration during the month of April 2008 in the balance of payments account.