Definition of penny wise and pound foolish in English:

penny wise and pound foolish

phrase

  • 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.’