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easy come, easy go

Cliché said to explain the loss of something that required only a small amount of effort to acquire in the first place. Ann found twenty dollars in the morning and spent it foolishly at noon. "Easy come, easy go," she said. John spends his money as fast as he can earn it. With John it's easy come, easy go.
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easy come, easy go

  (informal)
something that you say in order to describe someone who thinks that everything is easy to achieve, especially earning money, and who therefore does not worry about anything Les could certainly spend money. Easy come, easy go it was with him.
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easy come, easy go

Readily won and readily lost, as in Easy come, easy go-that's how it is for Mark when he plays the stock market. This phrase states a truth known since ancient times and expressed in numerous proverbs with slightly different wording ( lightly come, lightly go; quickly come, quickly go). The adverb easy was substituted in the early 1800s.
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Once the paste is on the ceiling rose, lightly go over it with a brush to ensure there are no air pockets.
Another precaution at this point is for students to take a couple minutes (I usually sit on the other side of the students' desks and help them) and lightly go over only their drawing with a lighter Prismacolor[R] pencil, so that if they accidentally rub their arm across the board, they can still see their drawing.
One doesn't lightly go down that road, but there was no alternative and I'm very happy with the unreserved apology today because that's what I sought from the very outset.
Using wire wool, lightly go over the floor once again to allow for a really clean and polished finish.
Explaining the decision, BHB spokesman Alan Delmonte said: "The Board doesn't lightly go against the advice of its expert panels, but the Race Planning Committee advise from a race-planning viewpoint.
The Prime Minister stressed, "We do not lightly go to fight.