The “Buffalo nickel” or “Indian Head nickel” is a U.S. five-cent piece with a buffalo design on one side and an Indian head design on the other; the coin was minted from 1913 to 1938. A person who is tight with money is someone who “squeezes a Buffalo nickel so tight the Indian cries.”
“The father was the kind of man who squeezes a nickel so hard the Indian cries ‘uncle’” was cited in print in 1953. “This lady can squeeze a nickel so hard that the Indian cries and the buffalo sh**s!” was cited in 2007.
A similar saying is “He squeezes a quarter so tight the eagle screams.”
Wikipedia: Buffalo nickel
The Buffalo nickel or Indian Head nickel was a copper-nickel five-cent piece struck by the United States Mint from 1913 to 1938. It was designed by sculptor James Earle Fraser.
By Harry J. Muntz
New York, NY: Pageant Press
The father was the kind of man who squeezes a nickel so hard the Indian cries “uncle”.
Tony’s: It’s A Real Slice Of Life (and Tomato Pie)
October 19, 1994 | by Gar Joseph, Daily News Staff Writer
I’m old enough to remember Saturday matinees for 50 cents and pizza slices for a quarter. My mom would drop me off at our old neighborhood theater so I could watch a Tarzan movie, a serial and cartoons while she worked as a waitress at a nearby restaurant to earn a few extra bucks for the family. I wondered whether such cheap entertainment could still be found. So I asked my colleague Phantom Rider, who knows how to make the Indian cry on a buffalo nickel.
No Paltry Thing:
Memoirs of a Geezer Dad
By Larry L. Meyer
Huntington Beach, CA.: Calafia Press
Okay, I’m stingy. The three sons of my first family referred to me as “penny-pinching Dad.” Guilty as charged. A friend at the time — this when Iron Eyes Cody had a TV spot shilling for the environment — upped the ante to a nickel when he observed that I “squeezed the buffalo so hard” I “made the Indian cry.”
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1-Jun-2007, 10:24 AM
Exactly what I said to the Comtroller ... Miss Penny! This lady can squeeze a nickel so hard that the Indian cries and the buffalo sh**s!
Marks the Scot—Forum
30th November 07, 08:42 AM
4) ...and, of course, you also have the possibility that we are just a huge bunch of pathologically cheap and penurious bastards who can squeeze a nickel so hard that the Indian cries and the buffalo on the back side farts.
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