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.
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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
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.penny-wise - thrifty in small matters only
thrifty - careful and diligent in the use of resources
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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
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References in classic literature ?
Be not penny-wise; riches have wings, and sometimes they fly away of themselves, sometimes they must be set flying, to bring in more.
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.
A penny-wise council team has been awarded the top level of accreditation from the Scottish Government.
She hit out at the "penny-wise and poundfoolish policy" at Louth County Hospital.
The government must not adopt a penny-wise, pound-foolish posture and must have a formalized structure related to lobbying.
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.
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.
"Trump must refrain from his penny-wise and pound-foolish approach."
What stands in the way of progress is the Republicans' rigid, impractical ideology and plain-old "penny-wise, pound-foolish" cheapness.
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.