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cheeseparing

[cheez-pair-ing]
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adjective
  1. meanly economical; parsimonious.
noun
  1. something of little or no value.
  2. niggardly economy.

Origin of cheeseparing

First recorded in 1590–1600; cheese1 + paring
Related formscheese·par·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for cheeseparing

Historical Examples

  • The old bourgeoisie still retained the careful habits of the days of Louis Philippe, and made fortunes by cheeseparing.

    Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris

    Henry Labouchre

  • She didn't believe in pinching and cheeseparing, and didn't want the thing rounded off in any of those circular frames.

  • The gains of the Company were enormous, so enormous as in no way to justify the cheeseparing that was had recourse to at Bombay.

    Cornish Characters

    S. Baring-Gould


British Dictionary definitions for cheeseparing

cheeseparing

adjective
  1. penny-pinching; stingy
noun
    1. a paring of cheese rind
    2. anything similarly worthless
  1. stinginess
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