skinflint

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skinflint (plural skinflints)

  1. one who is excessively stingy or cautious with money; a tightwad; a miser
    That skinflint would reuse dental floss if he thought it would save money.
    • 1842, Gogol, Dead Souls, chapter 4
      You know, he is quite a different sort from the Public Prosecutor and our other provincial skinflints--fellows who shiver in their shoes before they will spend a single kopeck.

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