tight-fisted


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tight′-fist′ed

or tight′fist′ed,



adj.
parsimonious; stingy.
[1835–45]
tight′-fist′ed•ness, n.
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tight-fisted

adjective miserly, mean, stingy, close, tight, sparing, grasping, parsimonious, niggardly, penurious, close-fisted, tight-arse (taboo slang), tight-arsed (taboo slang), mingy (Brit. informal), tight-ass (U.S. taboo slang), tight-assed (U.S. taboo slang), snoep (S. African informal), tight as a duck's arse (taboo slang) the government's tight-fisted monetary policy
Translations

tight-fisted

[ˈtaɪtˈfɪstɪd] ADJ (= mean) [person] → tacaño, agarrado

tight-fisted

[ˌtaɪtˈfɪstɪd] adj (fam) → avaro/a, tirchio/a

tight

(tait) adjective
1. fitting very or too closely. I couldn't open the box because the lid was too tight; My trousers are too tight.
2. stretched to a great extent; not loose. He made sure that the ropes were tight.
3. (of control etc) strict and very careful. She keeps (a) tight control over her emotions.
4. not allowing much time. We hope to finish this next week but the schedule's a bit tight.
adverb
(also ˈtightly) closely; with no extra room or space. The bags were packed tight / tightly packed.
-tight sealed so as to keep (something) in or out, as in airtight, *watertight
ˈtighten verb
to make or become tight or tighter.
ˈtightness noun
tights noun plural
a close-fitting (usually nylon or woollen) garment covering the feet, legs and body to the waist. She bought three pairs of tights.
ˌtight-ˈfisted adjective
mean and ungenerous with money. a tight-fisted employer.
ˈtightrope noun
a tightly-stretched rope or wire on which acrobats balance.
a tight corner/spot
a difficult position or situation. His refusal to help put her in a tight corner/spot.
tighten one's belt
to make sacrifices and reduce one's standard of living. If the economy gets worse, we shall just have to tighten our belts.
References in classic literature ?
So I got a shrewd, close-mouthed, tight-fisted money-lender to get the mortgage transferred to him.
But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind- stone, Scrooge
Being so tight-fisted is a foolish ideological choice which these Tory chancers will come to regret.
So tight-fisted you fear his bulging eyes could pop out at any moment, Griff Rhys Jones takes pennypinching to obscene levels in this classic French farce.
Meanwhile, Claire tries to get husband Phil to make some tight-fisted friends finally pay for a meal at a restaurant and a playdate for his young son Joe causes some problems for dad Jay.
I am totally mortified at just how tight-fisted those in power are where money is concerned, money that is desperately needed for health issues.
A heavy drinker, tight-fisted, physically abusive and (on the evidence here) not even especially funny, the comic is an unlikely candidate for national treasure status.
DURING our candlelit Valentine's meal, my wife called me the "the most tight-fisted, thoughtless individual in the world".
The original, with the late, great Ronnie Barker as tight-fisted shopkeeper Arkwright - Granville's uncle - ran between 1973 and 1985.
SOME Scousers With Jokes (BBC4, Wednesday) - part of the Some People With Jokes series, also featuring vicars and boffins, for some reason - must be a tight-fisted BBC accountant's dream.
TIGHT-FISTED Glasgow Tigers speedway boss Sean Courtney last night said Joe Screen is so good that even he would pay to watch him.
The fact that we could trim the federal establishment doesn't mean for a moment that we will-even under the administration of a president who is as tight-fisted and has as much experience with low-budget productions as any who is likely to come to the White House.