Meaning of “scrimp” in the English Dictionary


"scrimp" in English

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scrimpverb [ I ]

uk /skrɪmp/ us /skrɪmp/

to save money by spending less than is necessary to reach an acceptable standard:

There is a risk that the debt-ridden airline may be tempted to scrimp on maintenance or security.
scrimp and save

If you scrimp and save, you manage to live on very little money in order to pay for something:

I've been scrimping and saving all year to pay for our holiday.

(Definition of “scrimp” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scrimp" in American English

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scrimpverb [ I ]

us /skrɪmp/

to spend as little money as possible:

She scrimped and saved to care for her two younger sisters.

(Definition of “scrimp” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)