penny-wise

penny-wise
penny-wise [pen′ē wīz′]
adj.
careful or thrifty in regard to small matters
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penny-wise and pound-foolish
careful or thrifty in small matters but careless or wasteful in major ones

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pen·ny-wise or pen·ny·wise (pĕnʹē-wīz') adj.
Careful in dealing with small sums of money or small matters.

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