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His best score was 93 with a 'bingo' NIGGARD, which means a mean or miserly person.
Fleecing niggard notables Nita names, I annoy a "Man of Legible Verses"--Sam!
Taken by generous victors to Halifax, his corpse was treated with those testimonials of illustrious merit which became his exalted courage, and the character of a people never niggard in their admiration of true patriotism.
Then beauteous niggard, why dost thou abuse The bounteous largess given thee to give?
(95) In contrast with the Garden of Adonis Spenser sets Acrasia's Bower, a place of fruitless lust and sterile sex, where "Art, as halfe in scorne / Of niggard Nature, like a pompous bride" (II.xii.50.6-7) condescendingly triumphs.
In Sonnets IV and VI, the persona enjoins the unnamed bachelor "niggard" to forgo the selfish "forbidden" usury of celibacy and to take up the sacramental usury of marriage:
The interpretation that Pound is talking only to himself does not account for the word "niggard" in the phrase "niggard of charity," containing a crypt word made paradoxical by Pound's thanks tendered for the kindness of a black soldier who made him a table (Canto 81, lines 66-70).
CD A stanza such as this, "But if the darkness finds the graves where we / Were buried under sillions of our past / Still pointing gloomy crosses at the east, / And thinks that we were niggard with our bravery, / Our ghosts if such we have, can say at least / We were not misers of our misery," seems pretty good to me.
And suddenly a new kind of language comes out of Faulkner's pen; descriptions of this hillman issue forth, a type all "of the same grudged dispensation and niggard fate of hard and unceasing travail not to gain future security, a balance in the bank or even in a buried soda can for slothful and easy old age, but just permission to endure and endure to buy air to feel and sun to drink for each's little while" (668).
but give us the grasp of thy honest hand, and warm feelings of thy generous heart, fifty, yes a million times sooner than the mean heart and niggard hand of the selfish cur that calls itself thy master" (183)!
pity now the poor belated wretch, The naughty niggard scorns to house from harm.
Answering Antipholus' question, 'Why is Time such a niggard of hair, being as it so plentiful an excrement?' Dromio replies: 'Because it is a blessing that he bestows on beasts, and what he hath scanted men in hair, he hath given them in wit'; Antipholus agrees wryly, 'there's many a man hath more hair than wit', perhaps an acerbic reflection on Greene's abilities.