What does the idiom tight-fisted mean?

Definition of tightfisted : reluctant to part with money.

What is a tight-fisted person called?

tight, eager, hungry, impatient, rapacious, selfish, greedy, mean, narrow, penny-pinching, skinflint, close, mercenary, saving, chintzy, closefisted, illiberal, mingy, miserly, parsimonious.

What is the idiomatic expression of close fisted?

Stingy or miserly. Sorry for being so closefisted lately. I just have to be very careful with money until I get my next paycheck.

What does a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone mean?

Grindstone was often used as a metaphor in phrases to represent work or working. For example, keeping your nose to the grindstone is an expression often used to show diligent working. In this case, the quotation conveys to the reader that Scrooge is an individual obsessed with work.

What does to pour money down the drain mean?

On the way to being lost or wasted; disappearing. For example, Buying new furniture when they can’t take it with them is just pouring money down the drain, or During the Depression huge fortunes went down the drain. This metaphoric term alludes to water going down a drain and being carried off.

Is penny pinching negative?

Penny pincher can be used negatively, but it can also be used neutrally or even somewhat positively to praise someone’s thriftiness. Frugal people might even apply the term to themselves.

What does too tight-fisted mean?

informal disapproving uk ​ /ˌtaɪtˈfɪs.tɪd/ us ​ /ˌtaɪtˈfɪs.tɪd/ (also tight) › unwilling to spend money: Don’t wait for Gillian to buy you a drink – she’s too tight-fisted.

Where does the idiom tight with money come from?

Used since at least the latter half of the 1800’s, this idiom alludes to tightly holding on to one’s money as if clenching one’s fist. A similar idiom tight with money has been used since the early 1900’s.

What is tights?

a close-fitting ( usually nylon or woollen) garment covering the feet, legs and body to the waist. She bought three pairs of tights. mean and ungenerous with money. a tight-fisted employer. a tightly-stretched rope or wire on which acrobats balance. a difficult position or situation. His refusal to help put her in a tight corner/spot.

What would happen if the boss weren’t so tightfisted?

Maybe if the boss weren’t so tightfisted we could actually work with modern software for a change. Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.