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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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Insert the straight adapter through the flat washer and into the bung.
She was also charged with getting married without the consent of the registrar of marriages while Bung Mokhtar was charged with abetting her.
What this means is that you can ship back to the power kit, grab the bung and ship back out to land your fish holding the number 4 or number 5 section while holding the elastic bung - altogether a much more satisfactory idea in my opinion.
Scottish FA chief executive Taylor revealed the bungs cult culture which is so * controversial in England was under scrutiny following THREE claims it had also infiltrated the game in Scotland.
Baggies boss Robson last night insisted that he had never taken a bung and wants harsh penalties dished out should it be proved that managers in the game are still accepting them.
It is outrageous for the Japanese government to ask a person like my father to come to Japan,'' Bung Hui said.
Cavico" or "the Company") (OTCBB: CVIC), a leading infrastructure development company in Vietnam, today announced that Cavico Construction and Infrastructure Investment JSC ("Cavico Infrastructure") and Cavico Mining and Construction JSC ("Cavico Mining") have entered into a contract with the project management unit of the Song Bung 4 hydropower plant for the construction of access roads.
The construction of the dam has been started for the Song Bung 4 hydropower project that is being built in steep and rugged terrain on an isolated site in Vietnam.
Hearn declared: "Boris has made his move to try and placate Tottenham and if I'm being cynical, it looks like a bung just to get him out of a court case.
ENGLISH FA chiefs were raging last night amid fears the Premiership will attempt to pass the buck on to them over Lord Stevens' bung probe.
WIGAN chief Dave Whelan has called for lifetime bans to be meted out to anyone in football found guilty of taking a bung.
The most we'll pay is pounds 500-pounds 1000 and it would be hard to hide a bung in that.
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.
Soccer bung suspect Peter Harrison today said he will sue the BBC following the Panorama football corruption sting.
And Newell said he was also offered a bung if he signed former Cardiff City midfielder Richard Langley from Queens Park Rangers, even though the player was not represented by Collymore.