spend like a sailor (on (shore) leave)

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spend like a sailor (on (shore) leave)

To spend excessively, extravagantly, or wastefully. Now don't go spending like a sailor on shore leave just because you got a bit of a tax refund from the government. The local council has been spending like sailors on this new tram project, while other existing public transport goes into disrepair. Every time my husband's paycheck comes through, he goes out to the pubs and spends like a sailor on leave!
See also: like, sailor, spend
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As someone who has been spending like a sailor on shore leave for the past 30 years, it was strange to want nothing.
You see the same sort of action in Punch and Judy, or in the folk theatre of various cultures" Actor Christoph Waltz, above "As someone who has been spending like a sailor on shore leave for the past 30 years, it was strange to want nothing" Commentator Julie Burchill on visiting a silent retreat "I get an urge, like a pregnant elephant, to go away and give birth to a book" Entertainer and author Stephen Fry "There was no sex education in the '70s; we thought the Kama Sutra was Indian takeaway" Writer Kathy Lette