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 Spencer.Spenser (Edmund), 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Spendthrift.
 
The Danish thrift is the noun of the word thrive (to increase or prosper). Shakespeare says, “I have a mind presages me such thrift” (increase, profit). As our frugal ancestors found saving the best way to grow rich, they applied the word to frugality and careful management. A spendthrift is one who spends the thrift or saving of his father, or, as Old Adam says, the “thrify hire I saved.” (As You Like It.)   1
 


 Spencer.Spenser (Edmund), 

 
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