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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Unwise in dealing with large sums of money or large matters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Being unwise in dealing with large amounts of money.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Neglecting the care of large sums or concerns in attending to little ones: used only in the phrase penny-wise and pound-foolish. See penny-wise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. unwise in dealing with large sums

Etymologies

From the phrase penny-wise, pound-foolish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From penny-wise and pound-foolish ("thrifty in the small and wasteful in the large") (Wiktionary)

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