CLOSE-FISTEDadj. 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.”
Said 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