1. Long known for tightfistedness and caution, Goldwyn nevertheless began taking chances. 2. Such tightfistedness on the part of lenders can dry up economic activity. 3. The corporate bosses blamed their tightfistedness on the weak economy. 4. Federal officials, citing Uncle Sam's current tightfistedness, hailed its opening. 5. Fear of an inadequate pension is almost universally cited as a reason for tightfistedness. 6. Another cause for concern was that retailers were practically giving away merchandise to lure consumers from their recent tightfistedness. 7. After a year of layoffs and tightfistedness, companies are starting to spruce up their surroundings as the economy improves. 8. OFFICES-DECOR _ ATLANTA _ After a year of layoffs and tightfistedness, companies are starting to spruce up their surroundings. 9. This tightfistedness set the table for the current boom, leading to low interest rates, job growth, the Wall Street explosion, etc. 10. Editor's Note : Chronicle Columnist Leah Garchik, author of the Personals column in the Features section, recently asked readers for favorite tales of tightfistedness.