penny wise and pound foolish

penny wise and pound foolish

unwise because doing something small now would prevent much more trouble later Education budget cuts are penny wise and pound foolish – public education is an investment in our future.
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penny wise and pound foolish

Stingy about small expenditures and extravagant with large ones, as in Dean clips all the coupons for supermarket bargains but insists on going to the best restaurants-penny wise and pound foolish . This phrase alludes to British currency, in which a pound was once worth 240 pennies, or pence, and is now worth 100 pence. The phrase is also occasionally used for being very careful about unimportant matters and careless about important ones. It was used in this way by Joseph Addison in The Spectator (1712): "A woman who will give up herself to a man in marriage where there is the least Room for such an apprehension ... may very properly be accused ... of being penny wise and pound foolish." [c. 1600]
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One added: "It's being penny wise and pound foolish.
Naturally, this led to a lot of ribbing and I was accused of being penny wise and pound foolish, of thinking small, of never looking at the larger picture or where the big bucks came from, and other such stuff.
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I just fail to understand how any government could have been so short-sighted, penny wise and pound foolish.
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Maintaining a Premiership position is our priority over the short-, medium- and long- term and while any extra revenue is always welcome, we cannot afford to be penny wise and pound foolish.
Avoiding those minor sources would be penny wise and pound foolish.
VANCOUVER -- The provincial government was penny wise and pound foolish when it imposed more than a 38% cut over three years on the legal aid budget, said the Law Society of British Columbia.
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The government should not be penny wise and pound foolish on such an important issue.
Once again it seems a case of penny wise and pound foolish at the Albion.