skinflinty

skinflint

[skin-flint]
noun
a mean, niggardly person; miser.

Origin:
1690–1700; skin + flint

skinflintily, adverb
skinflintiness, noun
skinflinty, adjective


hoarder, pinchpenny, niggard, Scrooge.
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skinflint (ˈskɪnˌflɪnt)
 
n
an ungenerous or niggardly person; miser
 
[C18: referring to a person so avaricious that he would skin (swindle) a flint]
 
'skinflinty
 
adj

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skinflint
1700, "miser," slang; lit. "kind of person who would skin a flint to save or gain something," from skin (v.) + flint.
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