penny wise, pound foolish

penny wise, pound foolish
Penny wise, pound foolish
Someone who is penny wise, pound foolish can be very careful or mean with small amounts of money, yet wasteful and extravagant with large sums.

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  • penny wise, pound foolish — phrase not willing to spend small amounts of money, but likely to spend large amounts in a stupid way Thesaurus: careful with moneysynonym Main entry: penny …   Useful english dictionary

  • penny wise, pound foolish —    Someone who is penny wise, pound foolish can be very careful or mean with small amounts of money, yet wasteful and extravagant with large sums.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Penny wise, pound foolish —   Someone who is penny wise, pound foolish can be very careful or mean with small amounts of money, yet wasteful and extravagant with large sums …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • penny wise, pound foolish — careful with pennies but careless with pounds, penny wise, dollar dumb    Our budget is penny wise and pound foolish we save a little on food, and waste a lot on a luxury car! …   English idioms

  • penny-wise pound-foolish — adj. capable of dealing with small things but unable to manage the larger issues …   English contemporary dictionary

  • penny wise, pound foolish — not willing to spend small amounts of money, but likely to spend large amounts in a stupid way …   English dictionary

  • pound-foolish — [pound′fo͞ol′ish] adj. not handling large sums of money wisely: see PENNY WISE * * * pound fool·ish (poundʹfo͞oʹlĭsh) adj. Unwise in dealing with large sums of money or large matters.   [From the phrase penny wise, pound foolish.] * * * …   Universalium

  • penny-wise and/but pound-foolish — careful about small amounts of money but not about large amounts used especially to describe something that is done to save a small amount of money now but that will cost a large amount of money in the future The administration s plans to cut fu …   Useful english dictionary

  • penny wise and pound foolish — Wise or careful in small things but not careful enough in important things. A proverb. * /Mr. Smith s fence is rotting and falling down because he wouldn t spend money to paint it. He is penny wise and pound foolish./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • penny wise and pound foolish — Wise or careful in small things but not careful enough in important things. A proverb. * /Mr. Smith s fence is rotting and falling down because he wouldn t spend money to paint it. He is penny wise and pound foolish./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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