penny pincher

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - penny pincher

"penny pincher"

someone who is excessively careful with giving or spending money;

a stingy person


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - penny pincher

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Don't throw that piece of paper in the garbage.

Colleague 2:  Why not?  It is full of errors and I need to redo it.

Colleague 1:  Because the back side of the paper is still blank and you can use it for scrap paper.

Colleague 2:  Seriously?

Colleague 1:  Absolutely. The new office manager is a real penny pincher and you will be in trouble if you are caught wasting paper.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - penny pincher

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  What are you doing with that disposable plastic storage bag?

Friend 2:  I am turning it inside-out and washing it so I can re-use it.

Friend 1:  You are a real penny-pincher aren't you?

Friend 2:  I like to be careful with my money, yes. And besides, these bags are worth twenty cents each?

penny pincher - Usage:


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penny pincher - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a penny pincher.

penny pincher - Examples:

1)  ... won't even let my sister/daughter marry a penny pincher, a man without any discernible means of livelihood, ...

2)  Even if you're a penny pincher, coupon cutter, and deal finder, you can still have fun thinking about ...

3)  ... you can be highly qualified/educated and still be unemployed. It has made a penny pincher out of me for the rest of my life as you can have money today ...

4)   If you're buying an A6, we're guessing that you're not exactly a penny pincher

5)  She taught me how to be a penny pincher, although you won't catch me looking through my neighbors' garbage. 

6)  I wouldn't describe myself as a penny pincher. But debt is just not something that makes me comfortable.

7)  He tries to not be a penny pincher and I try not to spend as much. It's a compromise.

8)  ... accused her of glorifying human suffering instead of relieving it, being a penny-pincher with her money.

9)  You could be a penny-pincher and order only those drinks whose bang is best for the buck.

10)  ... get a round in but simply can't. She's a skinflint, a penny-pincher - a scrooge. 

11)  First, he played up his brand as a penny-pincher by promising to "stop the gravy train" at City Hall.

12)  ... her mother was also a penny-pincher. So we never had a problem living simply.

13)  Whether you're a penny-pincher or a dollar-stretcher, or just overall feeling a bit light in the wallet, ...

14)  ... worried about the monthly utility bill. Whether you're a tree-hugger, a penny-pincher or both, there's an app for that. 

15)  ... woo a customer it's only gone after in fits and starts - the penny pincher. Its "basic economy" fare strategy, which United has worked on ...

16)  ... a stay-at-home mom who describes herself as a penny pincher, is so enjoying the bargains at the pump that she tweeted last month.

17)  Maybe it's my inner penny pincher, but that seems like a lot of money to spend for ...

18)  The self-described penny pincher also incorporated cheaper drilling techniques.

19)  The penny pincher questions every purchase and never commits to a cost without first considering the alternative options.

20)  Especially if you're a frugal penny pincher looking for cheap results.