scrimp and save


scrimp是“省吃俭用”,save是“节省,节约”,二者近义,构成短语scrimp and save,意为“省吃俭用”。

像scrimp与save这样的同义词或近义词构成的短语,是通过同义反复(tautology)的方式达到强调的效果,类似的搭配还有time and tide(时光)、safe and sound(安康)、ways and means(方式)等。

例句:He paid off over $30,000 of student loan debt by scrimping and saving for years. 他通过几年的省吃俭用还清了三万多美元的学生贷款。(Foxnews, Aug. 29, 2022)