penny-pinching

noun

pen·​ny-pinch·​ing ˈpe-nē-ˌpin-chiŋ How to pronounce penny-pinching (audio)
penny-pincher noun
penny-pinching adjective

Examples of penny-pinching in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, recent reports indicate that the bakery-café chain might be cutting corners in the name of efficiency and penny-pinching. Angela L. Pagán / The Takeout, Quartz, 11 Mar. 2024 But even those major cost-cutting moves weren’t enough to keep Musk from turning to penny-pinching. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 19 Jan. 2023 Schwartz also specifically cited Sullivan’s Crossing in noting that acquiring the show wasn’t any cheaper than licensing a new series from a third-party studio as a way of pushing back at the notion that The CW was penny-pinching. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 June 2023 In the face of its struggling gaming business, and penny-pinching around AI endeavors at corporations, experts remain cautiously optimistic. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 25 May 2023 There’s a simple motivation behind this penny-pinching: Parent company Alphabet is under pressure. Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 7 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of penny-pinching was in 1935

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“Penny-pinching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/penny-pinching. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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