penny-wise


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pen·ny-wise

or pen·ny·wise (pĕn′ē-wīz′)
adj.
Careful in dealing with small sums of money or small matters.

penny-wise

adj
1. greatly concerned with saving small sums of money
2. penny-wise and pound-foolish careful about trifles but wasteful in large ventures
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.penny-wise - thrifty in small matters only
thrifty - careful and diligent in the use of resources
Translations

penny-wise

[ˌpenɪˈwaɪz] ADJ to be penny-wisemirar el dinero
to be penny-wise and pound-foolishmirar tanto el dinero que se acaba gastando un dineral
References in classic literature ?
If each head of household expenditure had been mentioned to him beforehand, he would have probably observed that "it could hardly come to much," and if any one had suggested a saving on a particular article-- for example, the substitution of cheap fish for dear-- it would have appeared to him simply a penny-wise, mean notion.
But, we need to overcome our penny-wise and pound-foolish behavior and figure out a way to provide a steady flow of dollars to fix our roads and bridges.
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Jackson's family friend said that all the kids were penny-wise and even frugal by their father's standards, the Daily Star reported.
This penny-wise, pound-foolish approach needs to be remedied before the council can take the moral high ground on rubbish fines.
The penny-wise Scots, exporters of whisky, had never encouraged this bone-dry teaching," said one of his biographers.
Who is going to pay for the country's reconstruction - Cameron's penny-wise, pound-foolish government?
99) tells how Penny is learning to become penny-wise in the process of throwing a surprise birthday party for her grandma.
Cuts to community services are penny-wise and pound-foolish," he said.
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