One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Extremely careful about the way one spends even small amounts of money.
- ‘The ubiquitous banners used for public functions and the painted boards preferred by penny wise advertisers are slowly making way for computerised graphics and digital printing.’
penny wise and pound foolish
Careful and economical in small matters while being wasteful or extravagant in large ones.
- ‘I believe it also can be downsized without affecting the meaningful nature of its tasks, but we ought not to be penny wise and pound foolish.’
- ‘Maybe it's penny wise and pound foolish to spend so much on the military.’
- ‘It is very much a case of penny wise and pound foolish, if the Government persists in its present anti-forestry policy.’
- ‘It is a good example of being penny wise and pound foolish.’
- ‘Not paying them well is penny wise and pound foolish.’
- ‘Frugal government spending limited military supplies in his department, caused him to remark that ‘we are penny wise and pound foolish.’’
- ‘That is surely penny wise and pound foolish, a recipe for the persistence of costly, revolving-door institutionalization of troubled kids.’
- ‘Have fun shopping around - and remember, don't be penny wise and pound foolish!’
- ‘Are local self-bodies exercising their right to be penny wise and pound foolish?’
- ‘Avoiding those minor sources would be penny wise and pound foolish.’
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