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Pinch pennies


Miserly. An old  phrase dependent on centuries ago when a penny was of value. Pinching them implies tightly controlling them so as to not lose any coins. Ebenezer Scrooge in Dicken’s novella A Christmas Carol is an example of a  penny pincher. (Compare to Cheapskate.)

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