Also: Close-fisted Meaning of Idiom ‘Tight-Fisted’ To be tight-fisted means to be unwilling to spend money; stingy and miserly. 1Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005. Examples Of Use “I would ask my father for a loan but he’s so tight-fisted I know he would never help.” “Everyone was surprised when … Read more