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Mar 2, 2017
This week’s theme
Words having nautical origins

This week’s words
offing
jury-rig
slush fund
pinchgut
jettison

Pinchgut Island
Pinchgut Island (former name of Fort Denison, on Sydney Harbor), named so because a man was sentenced here for a week on a ration of bread and water

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pinchgut

PRONUNCIATION:
(PINCH-guht)

MEANING:
noun: A miserly person.
adjective: Miserly.

ETYMOLOGY:
Originally, a pinchgut was someone who didn’t give enough food to a ship’s crew. Earliest documented use: 1615.

USAGE:
“Even Sifter Sol, a pinchgut gold panner who rarely parted with a penny, bought a bottle.”
Maxine Schur; Gullible Gus; Clarion Books; 2009.

See more usage examples of pinchgut in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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