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

  • adj. Tightfisted; stingy.


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  • Especially if you have a way to secure the loan, they may not be as close-fisted as you may think.

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  • And this was the thrifty, close-fisted boy, accustomed to slave at

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  • They're the kinds of operators who skip out of paying for their meals by saying, "Don't worry, I'll take care of the tip," and then you have to double back and throw an extra five bucks on the table because they've left the waiter a measly six quarters and a stack of filthy pennies and you don't want to get a reputation in town as a close-fisted pig.

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  • A man gives to the free-handed, but no one gives to the close-fisted.

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  • Put simply, the Death Punch is a close-fisted strike that harnesses the power of the Brown Dragon in order to totally kill somebody.

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  • He arranged for lumber shipments from Hannibal, Missouri, and he wheedled railroad ties from the close-fisted Kansas Pacific in order to build shipping pens sturdy enough to hold wild Longhorns.


  • Some provided big close-fisted haymakers that sent the book through several revolutions, and others made little whiffy slaps just to keep it spinning, but all of these strikes of differing strengths were in the same direction and combined to get this thing wrapped up tight and in record time.

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  • But bargain hunters competing for scarce quantities of “doorbuster” discounts have given this day an increasingly sharp-elbowed, close-fisted and purse-swinging edge.

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  • “As for that, my lord,” said Duke Hildebrod, “if, with forty or fifty thousand pounds in your pouch, you cannot save yourself, you will deserve to lose your head for your folly, and your hand for being close-fisted.”

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  • He called us close-fisted, Steenie — I am sure you can contradict that.

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