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A miserly, miserable, and utterly uncharitable person. A reference to the character Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, who exhibited such traits. The boss always turns into such a scrooge when we ask him for additional funding. I've never seen such a scrooge in all my life. She wouldn't even lend me enough change to call a cab home from the payphone.
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n. a stingy person; a penny-pincher. (From the character in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.) Ask scrooge over there if you can borrow a quarter to call the cops.
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