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intr.v. scrimped, scrimp·ing, scrimps
To be very frugal and sparing. scrimped and saved for college tuition.

[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish skrympa, to shrink.]

scrimp′er n.
scrimp′y adj.
References in classic literature ?
They bothered him with their dinky deals, with their scrimping and scratching, and their sneaky attempts to hide their ugliness by the observance of one set day of sanctuary.
Very distant; but I 'm proud of it; for with her, economy does n't mean scrimping in one place to make a show in another.
ALAN CARR: CHATTY MAN SUMMER SPECIAL (Channel 4, Friday, 9pm) IT'S Alan Carr's one-off summer special and, as usual, Alan, pictured, is not scrimping on his guests.
APPARENTLY we're in the middle of the age of austerity, scrimping and scraping around for a few pennies to put food on the table.
Mrs Moneypenny pits budget champagne against each other and meets scrimping families to get some cheap pressie tips.
WITH Newcastle scrimping in the transfer market and refusing to pay an extra million or so for good players, I hold no hope of ever winning a trophy.
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Plus, there's no scrimping on the fishing features.
A spokesman for Britannia Rescue, which surveyed 2,000 drivers, said: "They want to save cash, but scrimping on safety isn't the place to start.
Aviva's study into the "foundation generation" - people aged 25 to 35 who are laying the groundwork for their future - found that 36 per cent are scrimping to buy a house, while 34 per cent are putting money aside to pay off debts.
All the time, scrimping and saving so you can enjoy your last years.
After scrimping and saving most of his working life, pensioner James Smith had enough to live off with some left over to leave his family.