penny wise and pound foolish

1607 E. TOPSELL Four-footed Beasts 609 If by couetousnesse or negligence, one withdraw from them their ordinary foode, he shall be penny wise, and pound foolish.

1712 J. ADDISON Spectator 7 Feb. I think a Woman who will give up herself to a Man in Marriage, where there is the least room for such an Apprehension..may very properly be accused..of being Penny wise and Pound foolish.

1864 MRS H. WOOD Trevlyn Hold II. xxi. He never would insure his ricks... Miss Diana has often told him he deserved to have his ricks take fire for being penny wise and pound foolish.

2001 Washington Post 17 June H1 I didn’t stop because I was too focused on saving that 2 cents a gallon. I was, without a doubt, being penny-wise and pound-foolish.


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  • 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

  • penny-wise and pound-foolish — wise or careful in small things to the costly neglect of important things He is penny wise and pound foolish and is always wasting his money on things that he doesn t need …   Idioms and examples

  • penny wise and pound foolish — ► penny wise and pound foolish economical in small matters but extravagant in large ones. Main Entry: ↑penny …   English terms dictionary

  • penny\ wise\ and\ pound\ foolish — proverb Wise or careful in small things but not careful enough in important things. 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 …   Словарь американских идиом

  • penny wise and pound foolish — unwise because doing something small now would prevent much more trouble later. Education budget cuts are penny wise and pound foolish – public education is an investment in our future …   New idioms dictionary

  • penny wise and pound foolish — economical in small matters but extravagant in large ones. → penny wise …   English new terms dictionary

  • penny wise and pound foolish — intelligent in trivial matters but foolish in important ones …   English contemporary dictionary

  • penny wise and pound foolish — adjective prudent and thrifty with small amounts of money, but wasteful and profligate with large amounts …   Wiktionary

  • penny-wise and pound-foolish — adjective Thrifty about petty matters and wasteful about important matters …   Wiktionary

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