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The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce
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CLOSE-FISTED

-adj.

Unduly desirous of keeping that which many meritorious persons wish to obtain.

 "Close-fisted Scotchman!" Johnson cried
To thrifty J. Macpherson;
"See me — I'm ready to divide
With any worthy person."
Sad Jamie: "That is very true —
The boast requires no backing;
And all are worthy, sir, to you,
Who have what you are lacking."

- Anita M. Bobe