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spend money like a drunken sailor

To spend money freely and frivolously. Because I've been spending money like a drunken sailor, I don't have enough to pay my rent this month.
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like a drunken sailor

In an unrestrained, feckless, and frivolous manner. Usually used in reference to spending money. He always starts spending money like a drunken sailor right after he gets paid, then struggles to cover his rent and bills toward the end of the month.
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Heaven protects children(, sailors,) and drunken men.

Prov. Children(, sailors,) and drunk(ard)s often escape being injured in dangerous situations. (Often used to express amazement that a child, sailor, or drunk person has escaped injury.) Jill: Did you hear? A little girl fell out of a second-floor window in our apartment building. Jane: Was she killed? Jill: She wasn't even hurt. Jane: Heaven protects children, sailors, and drunken men. Mike was so drunk he shouldn't even have been conscious, but he managed to drive home without hurting himself or anyone else; heaven protects children and drunkards.

like a drunken sailor

With no restraint. A merchant seaman on shore leave with months' worth of pay in his pocket tended to make up for lost time in the drinking and “play-for-pay romance” departments. Fiscal restraint was out of the question. So did miners and cowboys when they too had a chance to go to town, but the image of a sailor prevailed. The sea shanty “What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?” suggests the same idea of a jocular attitude toward an inebriated mariner.
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References in classic literature ?
But the mate, being a man, albeit a drunken one, sensed the change in Jerry's attack ere Jerry dreamed there was any change in it.
A drunken man, reeling in her pathway, began to roar at her.
It's very trying to have a drunken husband, you see; and it must be very trying to have twins three times in succession, don't you think?
The government will take tougher action against drunken driving by lowering the blood alcohol limit for suspending a person's license to 0.
KHAIRPUR -- 23 years youth died by drunken toxic alcohol in village Razal Memon on Sunday night.
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In this expansive collection, two seemingly unconnected literary worlds combine to create harmony between fifteen years of literature from the eclectic New York publication Drunken Boat and fifty years of Singaporean literature marking the country's independence.
EVERY R ONE is outraged by Phil's drunken behaviour - apart from Babe, who realises that Abi's fall provides the perfect way out of her pregnancy lie.
Besides, a person was prosecuted every 30 seconds for drunken driving.
A health board boss has slammed cheap drinks promotions after A&E was swamped with drunken witches, mummies and ghosts on Halloween Now is the time to start charging these drunken idiots for treatment and BEFORE they get it
Eugene and Springfield police, and Oregon State Police, plan to crack down on drunken drivers on the evening of July 4 by getting warrants to conduct blood tests of people who refuse to take field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests.
A DRUNKEN idiot who let off the handbrake on an unlocked police van was spared jail yesterday.
AUBURN -- A Sibley Street man arrested on drunken driving charges Monday night had a simple explanation for why he was driving to a local liquor store, police said: He just wanted more booze.
Back in 2009, news item of an undergraduate student being crushed to death by a drunken driver made headlines in Pakistan.
An Australian man arrested for allegedly going on a violent drunken rampage on a China Southern Airline flight to Vancouver appeared in Richmond Provincial Court this morning to face charges of causing a disturbance, mischief and assault.