Definition of tight-arsed in English:

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(US tight-assed)


1Mean with money; miserly: I come from a family of tight-arsed bargain hunters firms can be liberal in spending money on equipment but tight-assed regarding people
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  • The folks were too tight-arsed to turn on the air conditioning, so the steam from the iron made me wilt.
  • He's a tight-arsed little miser.
  • Too many people here are too tight-arsed to spend money on their car.
2Inhibited, repressed, or excessively conventional: call us a tight-arsed nation, but the confessional culture doesn’t seem to do too well here a tight-assed good guy who believes himself so superior that he does not want to behave badly
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  • This is really about a bunch of tight-assed busybodies sticking their noses where they don't belong because they want to control everybody's lives.
  • When the British working-class built up Australia they chucked away a lot of the tight-arsed inhibitions that make Britain the country it is.
  • Those of us who live in the wonderful world of the twenty-first century are inclined to forget, even if we were alive then, just how prudish and tight-arsed the English were in the 1950s.
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