cheap Charlie

cheap Charlie

A derogatory term for a miserly or parsimonious person. Used largely in countries of Southeast Asia, it likely originated in Vietnam during the Vietnam War to refer to American GIs (who called soldiers of the Viet Cong "Charlie") unwilling to spend extravagantly at bars, restaurants, or for prostitutes. Buy us a round of drinks, don't be a cheap Charlie!
See also: Charlie, cheap
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My favourite shop is Cheap Charlie's, which sells tools and clothes.
It's probably one of the most versatile stores I've ever been to and it's such good value - that's why it's known as Cheap Charlies. People go there in the summer to buy parasols, outdoor torches, summer clothes, cellotape...I imagine that they'd stock just about anything if there was a demand for it.