Definition of penny-pinching in English:

penny-pinching

adjective

  • Unwilling to spend or share money; miserly; mean.

    • ‘This is a navy kept short of ships by successive penny-pinching governments.’
    • ‘Describing his penny-pinching proclivities, one of his aides said: ‘He'll argue the price of anything down to the last penny.’’
    • ‘But senior councillors have been on a penny-pinching exercise since the budget problems were first announced.’
    • ‘Their only hope is that they can raise enough opinion of their necessity to sway the penny-pinching trust.’
    • ‘The publication, they maintain, is not just aimed at penny-pinching harpies but at any woman who does not consider it normal to spend €800 on a pair of shoes.’
    • ‘So come on you penny-pinching bureaucrats, put yourselves in their shoes and re-think your selfish decisions.’
    • ‘But, as usual, the penny-pinching hunters will not let other people lay their hands on their treasure.’
    • ‘This is because of a reluctance to get involved in the very penny-pinching that framers of tax law believe dominates our every waking thought and action.’
    • ‘It would also provide billions of pounds for our penny-pinching Chancellor.’
    • ‘They no longer believe in the compulsory quality of those rights, and are in the process of limiting those rights through legislation and penny-pinching practices.’
    • ‘If people are penny-pinching or petty-minded this week, naturally you won't hold back on letting them know it.’
    • ‘I would suggest that our penny-pinching council visit the war graves in France and Belgium and then decide where priorities lie.’
    • ‘Despite the penny-pinching attitude of canny Scots, a recent report revealed that Scotland is one of the best-value regions for getting married in Britain.’
    • ‘Traditionally, backpackers haven't had two baht to rub together, and joining their number has meant submitting yourself to an unremitting grind of penny-pinching international poverty.’
    • ‘Owners of 43 homes - 75 per cent of the beds available - say they are being pushed to the brink of bankruptcy by a penny-pinching council that will not pay a fair price.’
    • ‘Now she is launching a one-woman drive to make other people aware of what she regards as an underhand and penny-pinching rule.’
    • ‘Running one would only be a waste of taxpayers' money, which I'm sure our penny-pinching scheme opposers would find horrific!’
    • ‘I got a few anticipatory glances from the penny-pinching woman who couldn't wait to get her hands on my property.’
    • ‘Children are the most vulnerable to this menace, but their health will not even be considered in this penny-pinching exercise.’
    mean, miserly, niggardly, parsimonious, close-fisted, cheese-paring, penurious, scrimping, grasping, greedy, avaricious, scrooge-like, ungenerous, illiberal, close
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noun

  • Unwillingness to spend or share money.

    • ‘As I understand the defence, the real cause of the plaintiffs' poor sales is their incompetence and penny-pinching.’
    • ‘Military privatization, like military penny-pinching, is part of a pattern.’
    • ‘The only real upside to this penny-pinching is the extra space in the boot.’
    • ‘But the reality of most footballers' lives is job uncertainty and penny-pinching to ensure there is enough money put aside for that rainy day.’
    • ‘No, I'm not talking about the thrift kind of penny-pinching, I'm talking about lifting an extra cent or two from every overseas transaction involving a credit-card.’
    • ‘Lives will be lost in the Scottish hills as a direct result of government penny-pinching on mountain rescue services, ministers were warned last night.’
    • ‘Germany's stunning new World Cup stadiums will put Britain's penny-pinching to shame.’
    • ‘It seems mean and penny-pinching to me to have only one New Year in each annual cycle.’
    • ‘The mighty Dragon sneers at the prudent and penny-pinching.’
    • ‘This business will have to be looked at in a way to keep the cost out in front and at the same time not be seen as penny-pinching.’
    • ‘At companies where the downturn has not radically reduced sales, penny-pinching can help.’
    • ‘Their penny-pinching might have been good for the taxpayer, bad for me.’
    • ‘And he rounded things off with a joke regarding the Scot's notoriety for stinginess and penny-pinching.’
    • ‘She estimates that her company's penny-pinching adds about $100,000 a year to its bottom line.’
    • ‘If he does not dish out the extra money he will be seen to be heartless and penny-pinching.’
    • ‘All that penny-pinching means a lasting headache for the airlines.’
    • ‘The demise of such a useful service is short-sighted and penny-pinching and will prove to be a false economy.’
    • ‘It was a little touch of penny-pinching that showed the house had been built for really prosperous people.’
    • ‘We have no idea why the body should indulge in this metabolic penny-pinching.’
    • ‘Elizabeth, long cast in a golden glow by historians, appears ‘vain, irresolute, avaricious and penny-pinching,’ and driven by sexual jealousy.’
    thrift, providence, prudence, thriftiness, canniness, carefulness, care, good management, good husbandry, careful budgeting, economizing, saving, scrimping and saving, scrimping, restraint, frugality, fuel-saving, abstemiousness
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Pronunciation

penny-pinching

/ˈpenē ˌpinCHiNG//ˈpɛni ˌpɪntʃɪŋ/