Idiom: 'Spoil the ship for a ha'pworth of tar'

What does 'Spoil the ship for a ha'pworth of tar' mean?

Meaning: If someone spoils the ship for a ha'pworth (halfpenny's worth) of tar, they spoil something completely by trying to make a small economy.

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Country: British English British English | Subject Area: Money | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used

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