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spare at the spigot and spill at the bung

To be frugal with trivial matters and reckless with more significant ones. The phrase describes the incongruity of turning off water at the spigot but leaving the bung, or stopper, off the reservoir. A: "Dad never lets us turn the heat up in the winter because it's too expensive, yet he ignores any problem around the house until it becomes a major repair." B: "I know, he always spares at the spigot and spills at the bung." I know you like to spare at the spigot and spill at the bung, but you would save so much money in the long run if you got a new car, instead of repairing all these nagging issues.
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bung in

To force something into a place or thing. A noun can be used between "bung" and "in" or after "in." Don't just bung in the key—you might break the lock!
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bung up

To injure or damage someone or something. A noun can be used between "bung" and "up." That car accident really bunged my back up. My car is still bunged up from the accident—I really need to take it to the mechanic.
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bunged up

Injured or damaged. My back is still bunged up from that car accident a few months ago My car is all bunged up from the accident—I really need to take it to the mechanic.
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bung something in

to cram or bang something into something. He bunged the cork into the barrel. With a heavy blow, he bunged in the cork.
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bung something up

to damage someone or something by blows. Don't let the watermelon roll around in the trunk of your car. You don't want to bung it up. Last time I put up the storm windows, I really bunged up my hands.
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bunged up

battered or bruised. It used to be a nice table, but it got all bunged up. What happened to Jane? Her face was bunged up.
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go bung

1 die. 2 fail or go bankrupt. Australian & New Zealand informal
In this sense bung comes from Yagara, an extinct Aboriginal language.
2 1951 J. Devanny Travel in North Queensland ‘The stations would go bung without the Abos’, one of the missionaries told me.
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References in periodicals archive ?
It is the first time that a bung scandal has become public since former Arsenal manager George Graham was sacked and suspended for a year in 1995 for taking an illegal payment.
I've been in football for a lot of years and I've never had anything at all to do with bungs and I wouldn't want to.
Insert the straight adapter through the flat washer and into the bung.
I genuinely believe bungs have been used in the past.
Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood, Motherwell director and MSP John Swinburne and agent Bill McMurdo are the trio who claimed there was a bungs culture in Scotland.
The bungs fit into the neck of a bottle and allow a straw to be inserted for drinking making it difficult for drugs to be placed in the drink.
Oyston claimed he has been offered bribes by agents on a number of occasions, and that the issue of bungs is still a major problem in football, including the Premiership.
Their expose of the bung culture in football may have surprised everyone, but Sky Blue Saturday was not among the everyone surprised by the expose of the bung culture in football by them, with 'them' here meaning the BBC's Panorama programme.
Former Blues striker and current Luton manager Mike Newell is at the centre of a possible FA probe after claiming that the bung culture of illegal payments is stillrife in the game.
They have studied claims that huge cash bungs were regularly paid to managers and agents as part of transfer deals.
WHO said the bungs enquiry was a waste of time and money?
ENGLAND coach Sven Goran Eriksson's job was on the line last night after he claimed top club bosses were taking bungs.
They took their ball home after the original Panorama bung expose - which exposed nothing and showed precisely zero bungs - and have refused to speak to the BBC since.
Jan 11: Luton manager Mike Newell brings the issue of bungs to the fore by criticising agents and claiming that offers of illegal payments are not uncommon.