careful or thrifty in regard to small matters
penny-wise and pound-foolish
careful or thrifty in small matters but careless or wasteful in major ones
Careful in dealing with small sums of money or small matters.
- Careful with small amounts of money or over small matters.
(comparative more penny-wise, superlative most penny-wise)
- Thrifty in regards to small amounts of money.
- Used, to describe someone whose thrift is not extended to larger amounts, in the expression penny wise and pound foolish.