Be thrifty or parsimonious; economize: I have scrimped and saved to give you a good education
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- Maguire, silver-haired but with a youthful face, looks surprisingly well put together for a man who scrimps on his clothing budget.
- Gina quits her job and scrimps together enough money to open her own salon.
- Can you scrimp and save enough to cover that cost?
mid 18th century (in the sense 'keep short of (food)'): from Scots scrimp 'meager'; perhaps related to shrimp.