pound-foolish

adjective
pound-fool·​ish | \ ˈpau̇n(d)-ˈfü-lish How to pronounce pound-foolish (audio) \

Definition of pound-foolish

: imprudent in dealing with large sums or large matters

First Known Use of pound-foolish

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pound-foolish

from the phrase penny-wise and pound-foolish

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The first known use of pound-foolish was in 1598

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“Pound-foolish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pound-foolish. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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