Definition of penny-pinching in English:

penny-pinching

adjective

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

    • ‘Children are the most vulnerable to this menace, but their health will not even be considered in this penny-pinching exercise.’
    • ‘I got a few anticipatory glances from the penny-pinching woman who couldn't wait to get her hands on my property.’
    • ‘If people are penny-pinching or petty-minded this week, naturally you won't hold back on letting them know it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now she is launching a one-woman drive to make other people aware of what she regards as an underhand and penny-pinching rule.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Describing his penny-pinching proclivities, one of his aides said: ‘He'll argue the price of anything down to the last penny.’’
    • ‘Their only hope is that they can raise enough opinion of their necessity to sway the penny-pinching trust.’
    • ‘But senior councillors have been on a penny-pinching exercise since the budget problems were first announced.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a navy kept short of ships by successive penny-pinching governments.’
    • ‘I would suggest that our penny-pinching council visit the war graves in France and Belgium and then decide where priorities lie.’
    • ‘It would also provide billions of pounds for our penny-pinching Chancellor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So come on you penny-pinching bureaucrats, put yourselves in their shoes and re-think your selfish decisions.’
    • ‘Running one would only be a waste of taxpayers' money, which I'm sure our penny-pinching scheme opposers would find horrific!’
    • ‘But, as usual, the penny-pinching hunters will not let other people lay their hands on their treasure.’
    mean, miserly, niggardly, parsimonious, close-fisted, cheese-paring, penurious, scrimping, grasping, greedy, avaricious, scrooge-like, ungenerous, illiberal, close
    stingy, mingy, tight, tight-fisted, money-grubbing, money-grabbing
    tight-arsed
    near
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noun

  • Unwillingness to spend or share money.

    • ‘The mighty Dragon sneers at the prudent and penny-pinching.’
    • ‘Military privatization, like military penny-pinching, is part of a pattern.’
    • ‘All that penny-pinching means a lasting headache for the airlines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It seems mean and penny-pinching to me to have only one New Year in each annual cycle.’
    • ‘And he rounded things off with a joke regarding the Scot's notoriety for stinginess and penny-pinching.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If he does not dish out the extra money he will be seen to be heartless and penny-pinching.’
    • ‘It was a little touch of penny-pinching that showed the house had been built for really prosperous people.’
    • ‘The demise of such a useful service is short-sighted and penny-pinching and will prove to be a false economy.’
    • ‘As I understand the defence, the real cause of the plaintiffs' poor sales is their incompetence and 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.’
    • ‘We have no idea why the body should indulge in this metabolic penny-pinching.’
    • ‘She estimates that her company's penny-pinching adds about $100,000 a year to its bottom line.’
    • ‘Elizabeth, long cast in a golden glow by historians, appears ‘vain, irresolute, avaricious and penny-pinching,’ and driven by sexual jealousy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Germany's stunning new World Cup stadiums will put Britain's penny-pinching to shame.’
    • ‘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.’
    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/