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skimp

[skimp] /skɪmp/
verb (used without object)
1.
to scrimp.
verb (used with object)
2.
to scrimp.
3.
to scamp.
adjective
4.
skimpy; scanty.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; origin uncertain
Related forms
skimpingly, adverb
Synonyms
1, 2. stint, pinch.
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Examples from the web for skimp
  • If you buy an expensive ten-color printer, you can't skimp on ink and paper.
  • We can't skimp on the things that make us attractive to applicants, because we're so tuition-dependent.
  • If you are planning an event for your campus neighbors, don't skimp.
  • If you think that football and basketball programs skimp on anything, think again.
  • Teachers should no more skimp on their teaching than doctors should skimp on their doctoring.
  • Don't skimp on the butter--that's what makes them taste so good.
  • You'd have to skip the vodka tonic, the peanuts and skimp on the meal to come out ahead, but you could do it.
  • It's a simple and well-designed single-speed that doesn't skimp on the styling.
  • Whatever else you do, don't skimp on backups or fire extinguishers.
  • Mint has a real affinity for honeydew, so don't skimp on the garnish.
British Dictionary definitions for skimp

skimp

/skɪmp/
verb
1.
to be extremely sparing or supply (someone) sparingly; stint
2.
to perform (work, etc) carelessly, hastily, or with inadequate materials
Word Origin
C17: perhaps a combination of scant and scrimp
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Word Origin and History for skimp
v.

1879, probably a back-formation of skimpy. Related: Skimped; skimping.

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