Scrimp and save
Scrimp Scrimp, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scrimped} (?; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. {Scrimping}.] [Cf. Dan. skrumpe, G. schrumpfen, D. krimpen. Cf. {Shrimp}, {Shrink}.] To make too small or short; to limit or straiten; to put on short allowance; to scant; to contract; to shorten; as, to scrimp the pattern of a coat.

{Scrimp and save.} Economize and save the money not spent. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • scrimp and save —    If you scrimp and save, you spend as little as possible over a certain period of time in order to save money.     The parents scrimped and saved for years so that their children could have a college education …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • scrimp and save — to spend very little money, especially because you are saving it to buy something expensive. We had to scrimp and save to buy our first house. (often + to do something) …   New idioms dictionary

  • scrimp and save — verb To scrimp greatly; to economize; to live very frugally, particularly when saving for something. I scrimped and saved to buy my first house. Syn: skimp and save …   Wiktionary

  • Scrimp — Scrimp, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scrimped} (?; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. {Scrimping}.] [Cf. Dan. skrumpe, G. schrumpfen, D. krimpen. Cf. {Shrimp}, {Shrink}.] To make too small or short; to limit or straiten; to put on short allowance; to scant; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scrimp — v. 1) (D; intr.) ( to be frugal ) to scrimp on (to scrimp on food) 2) (misc.) to scrimp and save * * * [skrɪmp] (misc.) to scrimp and save (D; intr.) ( to be frugal ) to scrimp on (to scrimp on food) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • save — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun in football/soccer, hockey, etc. ADJECTIVE ▪ brilliant, excellent, fine, good, great, magnificent, outstanding, smart, spectacular, stunning …   Collocations dictionary

  • scrimp — verb (I) to try to save as much money as you can even though you have very little: scrimp and save: We had to scrimp and save to pay for the holiday …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • scrimp — verb I used to criticize my mother for the way she would scrimp Syn: economize, skimp, scrimp and save, save; be thrifty, be frugal, tighten one s belt, cut back, husband one s resources, watch one s pennies, pinch (the) pennies …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • scrimp — 1. noun A pinching miser; a niggard. 2. verb a) To make too small or short; to scant; to contract; to shorten. To scrimp the pattern of a coat …   Wiktionary

  • scrimp — [ skrımp ] verb intransitive to spend money only on what is necessary and save as much as you can: They scrimped and saved for years to buy a house …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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