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piker

1. slang An extremely frugal or stingy person; a cheapskate or miser. I tried to convince her to spend a little bit more money and get some nicer wedding invitations, but she's such a piker that she just went for the cheapest ones she could find. Don't be a piker, Tom—leave them a little bit more for a tip!
2. slang A slothful, lazy, or indolent person; someone who avoids work or shirks their responsibilities. He was such a piker all his life that it's kind of strange seeing him apply himself so enthusiastically to his work now. The problem with this industry is that it attracts its fair share of pikers who just want a paycheck for as little actual work as possible.
3. slang Someone who is disinclined to participate in social activities with others. I keep inviting Brett to come out with us on the weekends, but he keeps being a piker and hanging back at home. You can't be a piker your whole time in university, or you'll miss out on half the reason for being here!

piker

(ˈpɑɪkɚ)
1. n. a miser; a cheapskate. (Also a term of address.) A 5 percent tip? You piker!
2. n. a lazy person; a shirker. Come on, you lazy piker. There’s plenty left for you to do.
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Like other foreign anthropologists working in Southeast Asia at the time--Melford Spiro, Stanley Tambiah, Marjorie Muecke, Steven Piker, among others--Terwiel felt the need to create broad categories to describe the inconsistency of purported belief and actual practice.
Before exploring Piker's views on the origins of federal systems, it is important to understand how he defined federalism.
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Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute--The university met a variety of strategic goals relating to technology and innovation, notes David Piker, executive director of external affairs.
(She appropriately reminds us that a term often given as the etymological root of picaro has to do with "piker," a soldier carrying a pike/pica).
The Parliament followed rapporteur Hubert Piker (EPP/ED, Austria) in amending the Eurodac Regulation raising the minimum age from 14 to 18 years.
Colorful, crowded canvases filled with all manner of contemporary English types, these comedies satirize hypocrisy and greed, exploiters and gulls, rogues and fools; as Jonson points out in the title of the last piece, the devil himself is a mere piker compared to humankind and its capacity for mischief.
In the end, Boris Piker battled past Mohamad Mansi 25-16 in the final.
If you fancy hunting one, first you must obtain permission and if you have never fished for pike before, please ask an experienced piker to take you out.
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Obama really has shown what a piker Bush was when it comes to throwing away taxpayers' dollars, including "green" subsidies to companies like Solyndra, a no-effect stimulus, buyouts and Queen Michelle's vacations and parties.