Definition of penny-pinching in English:

penny-pinching

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adjective

noun

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  • Unwillingness to spend money: this penny-pinching has exposed the bridge’s steelwork to corrosion
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    • And he rounded things off with a joke regarding the Scot's notoriety for stinginess and penny-pinching.
    • No, I'm not talking about the thrift kind of penny-pinching, I'm talking about lifting an extra cent or two from every overseas transaction involving a credit-card.
    • The mighty Dragon sneers at the prudent and penny-pinching.

Derivatives

penny-pincher

noun
More example sentences
  • Scrooge, the quintessential penny-pincher, never felt the spirit until sequential hallucinations bearing noble messages scared him into generosity.
  • Go on call me a penny-pincher or a cheapskate, I can take it!
  • But now it transpires that our soldiers truly are being shot by both sides: the patronising ninnies who would prevent them from going to war at all, and the soulless penny-pinchers who think that soldiers matter only when they're fighting.
Synonyms
skinflint, miser, Scrooge, niggard, cheese-parer
North American informal tightwad
vulgar slang tight-arse

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