Unwise in dealing with large sums of money or large matters.(adjective)
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Use "pound-foolish" in a sentence
"One could go on, but the important lesson to remember for would-be reformers is that in their zeal to cull waste and limit the scope of the federal government, they don't get caught up being "penny-wise, pound-foolish.""
"If the governors really want to look out for the financial best interests of their constituents, it's time to stop making penny-wise, pound-foolish choices, and make the critical investments that will pay off for their states over the long term."
"It would be so penny-wise, pound-foolish it would be ridiculous, said the banker."