One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person or their behaviour) mean with money; miserly.‘civic leaders were branded Scrooge-like for axeing their festive budget’
- ‘Giving gifts was only de-emphasized by the Scrooge-like Victorians who tried to cut down on expenses.’
- ‘He maintains a Scrooge-like demeanour to make it clear he's not feeling festive - and that you shouldn't either.’
- ‘The problem is the Scrooge-like approach of too many traders.’
- ‘The US is also hardly Scrooge-like on defence spending.’
- ‘The venerable toy firm today issued interim figures that would please even the most Scrooge-like of investors.’
- ‘It won't be a Scrooge-like Christmas in our house after all.’
- ‘"What sort of Scrooge-like puritanism is coming from some of my colleagues that they don't want to have fun in their own neighbourhood?"’
- ‘The office Christmas party is in decline, with fears of litigation and Scrooge-like attitudes dampening the traditional festive atmosphere.’
- ‘However, Scrooge-like Post Office executives are insisting that branch offices should remain open until 4pm this year.’
- ‘Did he not wish to been seen as Scrooge-like, withholding money that is currently earmarked for the least wealthy in the community?’
1970s: from the miserly character Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens's novel A Christmas Carol (1843).
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