from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Giving or spending money grudgingly; stingy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. reluctant to spend money; close-fisted
- n. reluctance to spend money; thrift or parsimony
- n. Instance of extreme economy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Scrimping; reluctant to spend money; stingy; miserly; same as cheesparing.
- n. Extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. giving or spending with reluctance
- n. extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily
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So there's not going to be any reason for penny-pinching, in other words.
His reign was characterized as a penny-pinching, indecisive era of government, dogged by tensions between the emperor and the senatorial classes, which eventually descended into outright despotism and vice.5
Hopes for a full-fledged partnership between Russia and the United States failed, he would contend, not because Washington betrayed such hopes with its penny-pinching and determination to expand NATO, but because the hopes themselves were simply unrealistic.
Washington repeatedly interrupted these operational commands with instructions about keeping money accounts and the like, reflecting the penny-pinching nature of the enterprise.
As director of search engine optimization, Mr. Hennessey understands that penny-pinching customers may not want internet marketing services if the economy dips again.
Years of government penny-pinching had cut the training of new air-traffic controllers, creating frequent shortages.
DETROIT— General Motors Co. plans to spend around $100 million to upgrade its Corvette factory in Bowling Green, Ky., people familiar with the situation said, the latest sign that auto maker's penny-pinching days are behind it.
More money for defense and for war; more penny-pinching for diplomacy and foreign development.
Leave It on the Floor has been made in a fleet-footed, penny-pinching partnership.
Yet it would be a great tragedy if, in our attempts to get our fiscal house in order, we turned into the kinds of tightwad, penny-pinching, money-grubbing cheapskates who blight our daily lives.