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easy come, easy go

When something is easily obtained, it is typically lost just as easily. Of course you found a $10 on the street and immediately spent it—easy come, easy go!
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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

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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easy come, easy go

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You say easy come, easy go to mean that if money or objects are easy to get, you do not care very much about spending it or losing them. Note: In the first idiom below, ABC is pronounced `a b c', as if you are spelling it out. My attitude to money is easy come, easy go. That's to say, I earn a lot, but I also give quite a lot away in different ways.
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easy come, easy go

used to indicate that something acquired without effort or difficulty may be lost or spent casually and without regret.
Although recorded in this exact form only from the mid 19th century, easy come, easy go had parallels in medieval French and in the English sayings light come, light go (mid 16th century) and quickly come, quickly go (mid 19th century).
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ˌeasy ˈcome, ˌeasy ˈgo

(saying) something that has been obtained very easily and quickly may be lost or wasted in the same way: Her parents have given her all the money she wants, but she’s always in debt. With her, it’s a case of easy come, easy go.
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References in classic literature ?
If the fellow saw me there our chances of escape might quickly go glimmering, for I knew that they would put me in irons if they had the slightest conception of the wonderful agility which my earthly muscles gave me upon Mars.
So Sam holds Jai hostage to give Megan a a chance to leave in peace, but as is usually the case with his plans, things quickly go awry.
Now Bournville will quickly go downhill like many of the surrounding areas, so be prepared for taxi drivers, winos, and yobs urinating in the streets and causing all sorts of problems.
According to AT&T, it provides one-stop shopping for organizations that want to quickly go live with mobile apps.
What 1 this does is allow you to quickly go from bare hand to a glove simply by loosening and then re-tightening the thumb knobs.
According to the Mirror, Hamilton was not thinking about losing the race after the fallout and wanted to quickly go for a pit stop, and said to boss Ross Brawn on the radio that it was a shame about the tyre, who added that without the tyre problem Lewis would have won today and Nico knew that.
When Karan asked Suzanne what she would do if she woke up as Gauri, Suzanne showed her gift of the gab and said: " I would quickly go and give Shahrukh a kiss on his lips".
Chief Inspector Claire Richards said: While the vast majority of young people have respect for others and their property, the behaviour of some can quickly go beyond fun and turn into something which frightens the elderly and more vulnerable members of our community.
Once inside the building, things quickly go bad, very bad.
It could quickly go into shock if it had to face Valley sun unshielded, so best give it some protection.
My message to the Jones Brothers is straightforward; 'as neither of you is clearly up to the job, both of you should go quickly, or quickly go even".
Whether in the seated floor work, standing adagio studies, or phrases that quickly go across the studio floor, he developed exercises that allowed the pelvis and the spine to be constantly mobile.
The patient then may quickly go into shock and die within a day, or quickly recover, if volume therapy is instituted (2).
By being able to map some of these complex diseases in the rat model and find the causal genes," he says, "we can then very quickly go to human studies using comparative sequence analysis to formulate hypotheses about what genes are involved in human disease.
Too often, tourists stop by the area for a short visit and very quickly go on their way without spending a whole lot of time or money in the area, he says.