(to be) close-fisted

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - close-fisted

"(to be) close-fisted"

to be very reluctant to give or spend money


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - close-fisted

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Well, it's almost Christmas bonus time. Are you getting excited?

Colleague 2:  Not at all.

Colleague 1:  Why not?

Colleague 2:  The current management has been extremely close-fisted this year.

Colleague 1:  So, no bonus?

Colleague 2:  Probably not.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - close-fisted

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Could you lend me twenty dollars until Friday?

Friend 2:  No way!

Friend 1:  You have lots of money. Why do you have to be so closefisted?

Friend 2:  The reason I have money is because I am so careful where I give or spend it.

(to be) close-fisted - Usage:


(to be) close-fisted - Gerund Form:

Being closefisted, she wouldn't give him any money.

(to be) close-fisted - Examples:

1)  ... it comes to forking out for Dad, we're a bunch of stingy, close-fisted, penny-pinchers.

2)  Mary was famously close-fisted when it came to herself, but expansively generous with everybody else, with money ...

3)  These issues were caused by unsafe work practices due to a close-fisted boss.

4)  ... especially in the face of close-fisted municipal governments unlikely to part with the necessary cash for dedicated bicycle infrastructure, ...

5)  ... go into debt trying to keep up with the Joneses may have made you unnecessarily close-fisted.

6)  ... was reading the newspapers online, as I do. (I'm far too close-fisted actually to buy a newspaper when you can get the news for free on the ...

7)  ... take advantage of the unusual state of their personal affairs by encouraging their close-fisted husbands to part with some of their money ...

8)  It seems that the big member states have become more and more close-fisted and they want to freeze their contribution to the EU budget at 1% of the ...

9)  Swenson was a close-fisted man who had world-class dreams, but was unwilling to actually risk the money to ...

10)  The game's still a little bit pricey for your average close-fisted touch-player to get excited about, but the new Lite version should win over the ...

11)  I always talk myself out of buying anything. I'm penny-pinching, miserly, closefisted, even when we don't have to be.

12)  The selfish, miserly, closefisted git. So bloody tight he'd peel oranges in his pocket! 

13)  Thady makes it clear he did not care for this mean, stingy, closefisted woman and that Sir Murtagh only married her for her money.

14)  Much to investors' disappointment, the company has also been closefisted about payouts.

15)  ... elders and politicians because you are closefisted and have refused to be distributing our money to them.

16)  When the financial crisis hit, many banks became closefisted, and plenty of potential borrowers walked away empty-handed.

17)  ... to go to work for a company that may be terminal, particularly if a closefisted receiver refuses to pay a premium for their efforts.

18)  Constraining credit to current savings may seem very closefisted to you, providing a slower pace of growth, but it avoids all the ...

19)  ... ceasing to wait for handouts from a closefisted Israeli government of from a US on whose internal politics the same Israeli government maintains ...

20)  Pennsylvania is among the older states/original-colony states and states in the Northeast that are extremely closefisted with information. I can't find the references right now.