from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or condition of being close-fisted; niggardliness; meanness.
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Moreover his unwillingness must be reasonable, not simply insensate close-fistedness.
In their dealings, they curiously combine generosity and close-fistedness -- close-fistedness in earning, and generosity in spending and lending.
And the affection which the old man had manifested for the child had endured all through the years, and was as strong to-day as it ever had been, yet such was Radlett's reputation for close-fistedness that it had never once occurred to George that he might possibly be willing to help him, consequently he had not sought him.
On the one hand appear indications founded on natural analogies, as when we still speak of close-fistedness.
The following words were inconsistently hyphenated: close-fistedness/closefistedness sun-wise/sunwise
Nor did I complain of him; for with all his little foibles of vanity, irascibility, and egotism, and a certain close-fistedness, he was a good fellow and a very clever one.
"He takes after his grandfather in other ways besides close-fistedness.