cheap skate

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cheap skate

A stingy person, as in He's a real cheap skate when it comes to tipping. This idiom combines cheap (for "penurious") with the slang usage of skate for a contemptible or low individual. It has largely replaced the earlier cheap John. [Slang; late 1800s]
See also: cheap, skate
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The pounds 15 kits use the cheap John West brand - with Ramsay's label stuck on.
Could Cheap John Stores, for example, sell something as unessential and expensive as a bottle of Liz Taylor's White Diamonds?