penny-wise
adjective Etymology: from the phrase penny-wise and pound-foolish Date: 1607 wise or prudent only in dealing with small sums or matters

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  • Penny wise — Penny Pen*ny, n.; pl. {Pennies}or {Pence}. Pennies denotes the number of coins; pence the amount of pennies in value. [OE. peni, AS. penig, pening, pending; akin to D. penning, OHG. pfenning, pfenting, G. pfennig, Icel. penningr; of uncertain… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • penny-wise — [pen′ē wīz′] adj. careful or thrifty in regard to small matters penny wise and pound foolish careful or thrifty in small matters but careless or wasteful in major ones * * * pen·ny wise or pen·ny·wise (pĕnʹē wīz ) adj. Careful in dealing with… …   Universalium

  • penny-wise — [pen′ē wīz′] adj. careful or thrifty in regard to small matters penny wise and pound foolish careful or thrifty in small matters but careless or wasteful in major ones …   English World dictionary

  • penny wise — adjective 1. Careful at saving small sums, esp when careless in the saving of larger ones (pound foolish) 2. Niggardly on occasions when generosity is needed or expected • • • Main Entry: ↑penny …   Useful english dictionary

  • penny wise — adjective careful to save small amounts of money. Phrases penny wise and pound foolish economical in small matters but extravagant in large ones …   English new terms dictionary

  • penny-wise — /ˈpɛni waɪz/ (say penee wuyz) adjective thrifty in regard to small sums. {from the adage penny wise and pound foolish thrifty in small expenditures while wasteful in large ones} …   Australian English dictionary

  • penny-wise — capable or wise in dealing with small money matters or other small issues …   English contemporary dictionary

  • penny-wise — adjective Thrifty in regards to small amounts of money …   Wiktionary

  • penny-wise — adjective thrifty in small matters only • Similar to: ↑thrifty …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

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