cheap skate

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a cheap skate

Someone who is reluctant to spend money. Oh, he'll never pay for a fancy hotel suite like that—he's a real cheap skate.
See also: cheap, skate

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.
The store manager not only made sure that we received the most for our money but also contributed items herself (thank you to Cheap John's and its manager).
In June 1990, the debtor entered into a purchase/supply agreement with a group of stores operating under the trade name, "Cheap John's".
What is perhaps most strange in this case is that the debtor and Cheap John's never utilized purchase orders and as originally drafted the L/C did not require presentation of a purchase order.
Apparently in the latter part of 1994, Cheap John's was in financial trouble and failed to pay for goods it had purchased from the debtor.
In order to get around the L/C's requirement that the debtor present a purchase order as part of its drawings under the L/C, the debtor on four different occasions submitted one of the following documents: The original purchase/supply agreement; An affidavit from the debtor's vice president setting forth the procedures it had used to fill open purchase orders; A July 16, 1992 letter from Cheap John's to the debtor, some 2-1/2 years before the L/C drawings, authorizing treatment of electronically transmitted purchase orders by Cheap John's to the debtor as "authorized purchase orders"; and A document dated April 15, 1994 which purportedly amends the July 16, 1992 letter (which is titled "Service Agreement for Cheap John's/Wise Buys").
While a purchase order could take any number of different forms, Chemical did not have to be familiar with the practices of the debtor and Cheap John's and/or what constitutes a purchase order based on the customs and practices of their industry.
Robinson, a 27-year-old former head of grocery for Sinew Corp., operator of Cheap John and Wise Buy discount stores, says prices at the Advantage stores will beat those at traditional supermarkets by 20% to 25%.
Could Cheap John Stores, for example, sell something as unessential and expensive as a bottle of Liz Taylor's White Diamonds?