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.
Don't be penny-wise, pound foolish, either, because a cheap or botched repair might work for a time but will come back with a vengeance and much more expense later on.
If there ever was a case of being penny-wise and pound foolish, this is it.
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.
com has announced that the ezCheckpersonal home finance software has been updated for New York customers who are penny-wise.
Jackson's family friend said that all the kids were penny-wise and even frugal by their father's standards, the Daily Star reported.
What: As a penny-wise homesteader and gardener, Linda--who co-owns Well WaterBoy Products, a human-powered machine company--combines reclaimed materials, traditional skills and good old-fashioned elbow grease to create a simple, practical home.
This penny-wise path will leave us and the company worse off, eroding the quality of our journalism now and in the future," the letter stated.
The Taoiseach's office, in an email, said: "Losing the preferred CEO at this point in time might seem penny-wise and pound foolish.
The penny-wise Scots, exporters of whisky, had never encouraged this bone-dry teaching," said one of his biographers.
It is easy to understand why school decisions to cut spending on cleaning and repair ("deferred maintenance") are penny-wise and pound-foolish: resulting air pollution will harm occupants and multiply the cost to repair buildings later.