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She has a reputation as a spendthrift.
  someone who wastes money
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  • She has a reputation as a spendthrift.
  • "You, my little countess, are a notorious spendthrift," said the count, and having kissed his wife’s hand he went back to his study.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • ...what a spendthrift is he of his tongue!
    Shakespeare, William  --  Tempest
  • I’m a spendthrift, I run through my capital.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage

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  • No, I never believed myself to be a hoarder; in fact, I knew only too well that I was a spendthrift.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Gambler
  • You talk as if a miser on Monday were always a spendthrift on Tuesday.
    Chesterton, Gilbert K.  --  The Wisdom Of Father Brown
  • I’m a goddam spendthrift at heart.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • Has my little spendthrift been wasting money again?
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • "You, my little countess, are a notorious spendthrift," said the count, and having kissed his wife’s hand he went back to his study.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Fie, what a spendthrift is he of his tongue!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest

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  • [4] Ironical; these youths all being members of the company known as the brigata godereccia or spendereccia, the joyous or spendthrift brigade.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Near Aldborough house Father Conmee thought of that spendthrift nobleman.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • At the same time he was more of a carouser and spendthrift than ever.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Now you mustn’t think that Thomas and I are spendthrifts.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • Mr. Tomony who owned the pawnshop came home in a hansom cab from his spendthrift evening in New York.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • All that would please her—he gathered that from her spendthrift habits.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Besides being a thorough gentleman, I think Mr. Dorset is a spendthrift for making us such a liberal offer.
    O. Henry  --  The Ransom of Red Chief
  • Pitt will never spend it, my dear, that is quite certain; for a greater miser does not exist in England, and he is as odious, though in a different way, as his spendthrift brother, the abandoned Rawdon.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Grandfather would complain and talk of idleness and spendthrifts, but in the end he always agreed.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • Or if her father was a grafter, her brothers bums and cardsharks, her mother loose or a spendthrift?
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Economically considered, the matter can be summed up thus: Paris is a spendthrift.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • O gamblers and spendthrifts all!
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • There lives within the very flame of love A kind of wick or snuff that will abate it; And nothing is at a like goodness still; For goodness, growing to a plurisy, Dies in his own too much: that we would do, We should do when we would; for this ’would’ changes, And hath abatements and delays as many As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents; And then this ’should’ is like a spendthrift sigh, That hurts by easing.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • But she was a deliberate and joyous spendthrift in her preparations for her first party, the housewarming.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • He was now esteemed quite worthy to address the daughter of a foolish, spendthrift baronet, who had not had principle or sense enough to maintain himself in the situation in which Providence had placed him, and who could give his daughter at present but a small part of the share of ten thousand pounds which must be hers hereafter.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • How many proud painted dames would have fawned and smiled, and how many spendthrift blockheads done me lip-service to my face and cursed me in their hearts, while I turned that ten thousand pounds into twenty!
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Hurry had felt angered at his sufferings, when first liberated, it is true, but that emotion soon disappeared in the habitual love of gold, which he sought with the reckless avidity of a needy spendthrift, rather than with the ceaseless longings of a miser.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • I’m one of the worst spendthrifts that ever was born.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • What a spendthrift she’d become!
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • Yet at no point did Jefferson’s financial plight slow his spendthrift ways.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • I’m a bit of a spendthrift, if you will.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • Nature is a spendthrift.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • These visits to the zoo holding on to the hand of some conceited spendthrift suitor gave her a lifelong horror of enclosures, walls, cages, and isolation.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • "You’re a tradesman,’ he told Philip, "you want to invest life in consols so that it shall bring you in a safe three per cent. I’m a spendthrift, I run through my capital.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • He is committed to the race in many ways—by publication in the streets, and in the baths and theaters, the palace and barracks; and, to fix him past retreat, his name is on the tablets of every young spendthrift in Antioch.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Let it suffice, that among spendthrifts I out-Heroded Herod, and that, giving name to a multitude of novel follies, I added no brief appendix to the long catalogue of vices then usual in the most dissolute university of Europe.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • "Now, Doctor," cried the trapper, triumphantly, "I am well convinced there is neither game nor ravenous beast in the thicket; and that I call substantial knowledge to a man who is too old to be a spendthrift of his strength, and yet who would not wish to be a meal for a panther!"
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • He watched the yellow cabs sink into soulful dusk, that particular spendthrift light that falls dyingly on Park Avenue in the hour before people take leave of the office and become husbands and wives again, or whatever people become in whatever murmurous words when evenings grow swift and whispered.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • I was teasing her with this spendthrift suggestion because I knew she was happy and would enjoy being teased a little, though there was always the chance she would accept the idea and take me down to Newark to one of the great first-run movie housesLoew’s State or the Branford or Proctor’s—that charged twenty-five cents for admission.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • "And you know," she said, "Annie’s a bit of a spendthrift.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Under cover of their parasols, they examine Lady Spendthrift’s new fur-trimmed coat or Mrs. Fading Beauty’s attempt at looking younger than her days, her corset pulled to straining.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Spendthrifts—I know.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • In our schooldays you were a great spendthrift.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • The prestige of his outlandish voracity, of his immense capacity as a spendthrift, of his unprecedented hospitality went beyond the borders of the swamp and attracted the best-qualified gluttons from all along the coast.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • He was accused of favoring states’ rights over the Union, charged with infidelity to the Constitution, called a spendthrift and libertine.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • …XIV "DEFEND THEE, LORD" I paid three pennies for my breakfast, and a most extravagant price it was, too, seeing that one could have breakfasted a dozen persons for that money; but I was feeling good by this time, and I had always been a kind of spendthrift anyway; and then these people had wanted to give me the food for nothing, scant as their provision was, and so it was a grateful pleasure to emphasize my appreciation and sincere thankfulness with a good big financial lift where the…
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Bahorel was a good-natured mortal, who kept bad company, brave, a spendthrift, prodigal, and to the verge of generosity, talkative, and at times eloquent, bold to the verge of effrontery; the best fellow possible; he had daring waistcoats, and scarlet opinions; a wholesale blusterer, that is to say, loving nothing so much as a quarrel, unless it were an uprising; and nothing so much as an uprising, unless it were a revolution; always BOOK FOURTH.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ) It’s a sweet little spendthrift, but she uses up a deal of money.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • All men have an equal right to the free development of their faculties; they have an equal right to the impartial protection of the state; but it is not true, it is against all the laws of reason and equity, it is against the eternal nature of things, that the indolent man and the laborious man, the spendthrift and the economist, the imprudent and the wise, should obtain and enjoy an equal amount of goods.
    Victor Cousin
  • Nature is a spendthrift.
    London, Jack  --  The Sea Wolf
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Associated words [difficulty]:   spendthrift [7] , prodigal [5] , profligate [6] , prodigal son [7]
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