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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 ?
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.
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.
Despite scrimping, living on remember two Credit card debts hit a record high at Christmas as Britons used plastic to fund festive cheer.
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.
All the scrimping and saving went for naught when the company collapsed financially in 2011.
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.
Travel Business Review-August 20, 2012--Ryanair answer fuel scrimping allegations(C)2012] ENPublishing - http://www.
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.
Unfortunately, as expensive as acreage is, even with all our scrimping and savings, it will be some time before we are able to afford the 40 percent down payment that would be required without an existing house on the land.
All the time, scrimping and saving so you can enjoy your last years.