- a miserly, niggardly, or stingy person.
Origin of penny pincher
First recorded in 1920–25
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Examples from the Web for penny-pinching
And yes, he is far from the only penny-pinching conservative in politics who also favors tax cuts for the wealthy.Some Catholic Leaders Speaking Out Against Paul Ryan’s Budget-Cutting
August 20, 2012
CBS is a close, penny-pinching second, and CNBC wins the thrifty award for cable.You’re Worth How Much? TV Anchors, by the Numbers
August 8, 2012
The middle class claims these women, expecting that each grand flourish be balanced by a penny-pinching gesture.The Tricky Traveling Wardrobe
July 19, 2011
Hang these penny-pinching fathers, that cram wealth in innocent lamb-skins.
Of course, that shouldn't be—you construe that as you please, but if you think it is penny-pinching it may be.Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
That penny-pinching Skinner wants me to cut corners and get myself into trouble so he can fire me.Cappy Ricks
Peter B. Kyne
- informal excessively careful with money
Idioms and Phrases with penny-pinching
see pinch pennies.
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