Definition of don't spoil the ship for a ha'p'orth of tar in English:

don't spoil the ship for a ha'p'orth of tar

phrase

proverb
  • Don't risk the failure of a large project by trying to economize on trivial things.

    • ‘Haggling over advisors' fees looked like a horrible case of spoiling the ship for the sake of a ha'p'orth of tar.’
    • ‘It does seem to me that being nonnuclear will blunt the ship's capabilities more than a little, because its commander will always be concerned about where the next tank of fuel is coming from; is this a modern example of spoiling the ship for a ha'p'orth of tar?’
    • ‘Value engineering is a slippery word for reducing the specification. We do not want to spoil the ship for a ha'p'orth of tar.’
    • ‘At £1.5 million it's not exactly spoiling the ship for a ha'p'orth of tar is it?’
    • ‘I reckon that at least 30 new modern bins, strategically placed, are needed to avoid future complaints. Come on council, don't spoil the ship for a ha'p'orth of tar!’