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I understand that 抠门儿 is an informal phrase meaning dingy. But can't figure out how these three Chinese words combined together could be used to describe a person being dingy (extremely reluctant to spend money). I googled and baidu but in vain.

Any ideas?

  • Do you mean stingy? – user5714 Nov 7 '15 at 15:23
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http://www.baike.com/wiki/抠门 tells:

抠门 - 历史渊源

1.古时候有一个财主,爱财如命.去寺里烧香看见庙门上的刷的金粉,他都要抠去带走。所以就有了抠门这个词语。

2.“抠门”的意思是说,吝啬到连个门把手都舍不得装,开门的时候不得不用手去抠门缝。抠门就诞生了。所以大家把吝啬的人说成是抠门。

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