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Definition of "penny-pinching" [penny-pinching]

  • Giving or spending money grudgingly; stingy. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "penny-pinching" in a sentence
  • "So there's not going to be any reason for penny-pinching, in other words."
  • "His reign was characterized as a penny-pinching, indecisive era of government, dogged by tensions between the emperor and the senatorial classes, which eventually descended into outright despotism and vice.5"
  • "Hopes for a full-fledged partnership between Russia and the United States failed, he would contend, not because Washington betrayed such hopes with its penny-pinching and determination to expand NATO, but because the hopes themselves were simply unrealistic."