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skin·flint

 (skĭn′flĭnt′)
n.
One who is very reluctant to spend money; a miser.

[From the earlier expression to skin a flint, to go extreme lengths to obtain an often paltry reward or advantage, from the time-consuming process of removing the cortex from a flint nodule before knapping off flakes from the core for use as gunflints or other tools (since flint nodules found in beds of limestone and chalk typically have a whitish outer cortex of various minerals that was often removed before knapping).]

skinflint

(ˈskɪnˌflɪnt)
n
an ungenerous or niggardly person; miser
[C18: referring to a person so avaricious that he would skin (swindle) a flint]
ˈskinˌflinty adj

skin•flint

(ˈskɪnˌflɪnt)

n.
a mean, stingy person; miser; niggard.
[1690–1700]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skinflint - a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spendskinflint - a selfish person who is unwilling to give or spend
hoarder - a person who accumulates things and hides them away for future use
pinchgut - a niggardly person who starves himself (and others)

skinflint

noun
A stingy person:
Informal: penny pincher.
Translations
Entenklemmer

skinflint

[ˈskɪnflɪnt] Ntacaño/a m/f, roñoso/a m/f

skinflint

[ˈskɪnflɪnt] ngrippe-sou mskin graft ngreffe f de peau

skinflint

[ˈskɪnˌflɪnt] ntaccagno/a, spilorcio/a
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