(to be) a cheapskate

Idiom Definition

"to be a cheapskate"

to be so careful with spending your money that you are miserly

Idiom Definition - to be a cheapskate


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to be a cheapskate

A group of friends are out at a reasonably priced restaurant.  They often meet at this restaurant on Saturday's.  Each Saturday a different friend pays for the lunch.  They all take turns paying except for Bill.  Bill always has some excuse to not pay.  He has forgotten his wallet.  He is broke.  He made a double payment on his house mortgage.  Bill always finds some way not to pay.

Would you say that Bill is a cheapskate?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to be a cheapskate

There is a fabulous art exhibit at the art gallery today.  There will be a famous guest lecturer for today only.  The price of admission today is $12.00.  The price of admission tomorrow will be only $10.00.  You really want to see the guest lecturer but it will cost $2.00 more.

If you are a cheapskate, will you go to the art gallery today or tomorrow?

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Being a cheapskate might not impress your friends when you never pay for the lunch.

to be a cheapskate - Examples:

1)  I am a cheapskate when I do not want to pay for anything.

2)  You are a cheapskate when you will not lend your friends anything.

3)  He is a cheapskate when he will not help his friends move.

4)  She is a cheapskate because she only wears old clothes.

5)  We are cheapskates because we never give money to beggars.

6)  You (all) are cheapskates because you (all) always buy the cheapest tickets possible.

7)  They are cheapskates because they always save their used cellophane.

8)  Had he been a cheapskate all his life until winning the lottery?

9)  Will they be cheapskates at the restaurant tomorrow?

10)  Call me a cheapskate, but a font would have to be very special to pay money for

11)  Even if you're a total cheapskate, you can try this out without having to actually waive goodbye to any cash.

12)  And either way it isn't fair, and makes you sound like a cheapskate -- split the first bill with me then pay for all of the second?

13)  Regardless of gender, there is no excuse for being a cheapskate either. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

14)  But guys, don't be cheap... women HATE cheapskate guys.

15)  Make him want to be in this relationship. Don't be a cheapskate. Men often enjoy romance too; pretending otherwise will only drive him away.

16)  Hopefully my cheapskate tricks can help you, too, which is why I share them here.

17)  I always have been a cheapskate and always will be.

18)  Apple should make a cheap PC to satisfy the needs of the cheapskate buyer.

19)  Let's say I'm a cheapskate and can't afford separate Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

20)  I base this on absolutely nothing, but my primary suspect is the cheapskate power supplies that these devices come with.