One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be thrifty or parsimonious; economize.‘I have scrimped and saved to give you a good education’
economize, skimp, be economical, be more economical, make economies, scrimp and scrape, saveView synonyms
- ‘Maguire, silver-haired but with a youthful face, looks surprisingly well put together for a man who scrimps on his clothing budget.’
- ‘Gina quits her job and scrimps together enough money to open her own salon.’
- ‘Can you scrimp and save enough to cover that cost?’
- ‘I was fortunate; my parents scrimped hard to put me through Catholic high school.’
Mid 18th century (in the sense ‘keep short of food’): from Scots scrimp ‘meagre’; perhaps related to shrimp.
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