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thrift- First meant "acquired wealth, prosperity, success."
- Act like they are bargaining with some Arab street trader … like they are buying lemons —John Wainwright
- False economy is like stopping one hole in a sieve —Samuel Johnson, April 17, 1788
- Frugal as a poor farmer’s wife —George Garrett
- Generous as someone who would give you the sleeves out of his vest —Anon
- His money comes from him like drops of blood —John Ray’s Proverbs
- Kept his wallet shut tight as an accordion —Anon
- Pinches a penny like money is going out of style —George Garrett
- Soliciting a miser is like fishing in the desert —Solomon Ibn Gabirol
- Thrifty as a French peasant —G. K. Chesterton
- Tight as a miser’s wallet —Anon
- Tight as a scout knot —Geoffrey Wolff
In his novel, Providence, Wolff expands upon the simile with “Wouldn’t pay a nickel to watch an earthquake.”
- Tight as a tic —Anon
- Tight as Dick’s headband —American colloquialism
This was coined by and is still used by Texas ranchers.
- Tight as the bark to a tree —American colloquialism
This still popular simile originated in New Hampshire. A variation from Indiana, “Tight as a wad,” has pretty much given way to the jargon word ‘tightwad.’ There’s also Ulysses S. Grant’s literal application to describe the pantaloons he had to wear as a West Point cadet as being, “Tight to my skin as the bark to a tree.”
- Tight as the paper on the wall —Mignon Eberhart
- Watch pennies like a streetcar conductor —Irwin Shaw
|Noun||1.||thrift - any of numerous sun-loving low-growing evergreens of the genus Armeria having round heads of pink or white flowers|
Armeria maritima, cliff rose, sea pink - tufted thrift of seacoasts and mountains of north temperate zone; occasionally grown as a ground cover
|2.||thrift - extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily|