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- adj. Unwilling to spend money; stingy
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Covetous; niggardly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Miserly; niggardly; penurious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unwilling to part with money
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Someone, somewhere, is telling Americans that closefisted tipping is tolerated, even celebrated here.
While the written record is somewhat closefisted with specific evidence of women's involvement in larger-scale collective actions, it is more generous in relation to smaller-scale events.
Like a majority, perhaps, of the really open-handed he shared one trait with the closefisted and even with the very mean rich.
An iron hand is rule that is rigid, stubborn, severe, even cruel; iron-fisted has an additional connotation of “parsimonious, closefisted, niggardly.”
You have held nothing back, I realize that now, and I want to throw caution and concern out of my heart so that I can be generous and openhanded like You, instead of fearful and closefisted.
For all he was a closefisted and shut-hearted man, she knew the look of trouble when she saw it.
Colby was a humorless, efficient, closefisted man, Luke found, far more eager to bring money into the estate — and it was extremely prosperous — than to spend.
Was the spell for preserving the venom so difficult to bring about, or were the God-Men merely being closefisted with their magic as was their custom?
Having been brought up by a hard, closefisted man like Arsheesh, he had a fixed habit of never telling grown-ups anything if he could help it: he thought they would always spoil or stop whatever you were trying to do.
The Commissioners had great difficulty in dealing with Burns, who owned nearly all of what is now the northwestern section of the city, as he was a closefisted and hardheaded Scotchman, who was unwilling to part with his lands without being roundly paid for them.
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