One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A miserly curmudgeon in Charles Dickens's novel A Christmas Carol (1843).
- 1.1as noun a Scrooge A person who is mean with money.‘don't be a Scrooge and drive away without putting some cash in the collecting tins on the way’
miser, penny-pincher, pinchpenny, niggard, cheese-parer, hoarder, saverView synonyms
- ‘No, the internet is clever because it has flushed out the retail Scrooges who were determined to rip us off.’
- ‘For these instinctive Scrooges, ‘Spending on luxuries appears to cause… something close to physical pain.’’
- ‘Yes, call me a Stingy Scrooge because in that situation, I was being a Miser to the extreme.’
- ‘This owner was, however, somewhat of a Scrooge in terms of pay, bonuses, flexible working policies, etc.’
- ‘These, of course, are the same Scrooges who did nothing to stop the unemployment benefits of 800,000 workers from expiring during the midst of the holiday season.’
- ‘What if those who believe in the importance of personal responsibility could no longer be summarily dismissed as cold, calculating Scrooges?’
- ‘He's a real Scrooge type of boss - keeps all the money for himself.’
- ‘Dotcommers, like a pack of postmodern Scrooges, had forgotten the true meaning of the New Economy.’
- 1.1as noun a Scrooge A person who is mean with money.
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