CLOSE-FISTED. Covetous or stingy.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
CLOSE-FISTED, adj. Unduly desirous of keeping that which many
meritorious persons wish to obtain.
"Close-fisted Scotchman!" Johnson cried
To thrifty J. Macpherson;
"See me -- I'm ready to divide
With any worthy person."
Sad Jamie: "That is very true --
The boast requires no backing;
And all are worthy, sir, to you,
Who have what you are lacking."
Anita M. Bobe
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
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