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Chinese (Traditional) translation of “be penny-wise and pound-foolish”

be penny-wise and pound-foolish

old-fashioned
to be extremely careful about small amounts of money and not careful enough about larger amounts of money
小錢仔細,大錢揮霍;省小錢花大錢
Paying and spending money
(Definition of be penny-wise and pound-foolish from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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