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[tahyt-fis-tid] /ˈtaɪtˈfɪs tɪd/
parsimonious; stingy; tight.
Origin of tight-fisted
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Oh, but he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge!

    Christmas-Tide Elizabeth Harrison
  • Unfortunately, he was tight-fisted, and the mother pleaded in vain.

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
  • tight-fisted where the money is, sir, but—that's Scotch, you know.

  • For many years he has had an enviable record as a tight-fisted, hard-headed administrator of these important funds.

    The Great Gray Plague Raymond F. Jones
  • Folks say I'm tight-fisted—that I'm a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, clutching miser.

    A Christmas Carol C. Z. Barnett
  • I hate to have you pay unjust extortions out of the mere pittance your tight-fisted old father allows you.'

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson
  • This Cobb man is a tight-fisted old bachelor, they say, but his milk of human kindness may not be all skimmed.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • If he was tight-fisted wanst, he was as close now as calcimine on a rough-finished wall.

  • She did make the tight-fisted one pay up eventually, but months were to elapse before that desirable consummation was reached.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "I am Mr. Smith, and I have heard that I am called 'tight-fisted' in the neighborhood," he replied, with a smile.

    Diddie, Dumps & Tot Louise-Clarke Pyrnelle

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