death and taxes

death and taxes

Two things generally regarded as certain to happen, inevitable, or unavoidable. A reference to the proverbial phrase, "Nothing is certain but death and taxes." They just aren't right for each other, so I think their break-up is as certain as death and taxes. The two brothers will be forever at each other's throats, as sure as death and taxes.
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death and taxes

If you compare something to death and taxes, you mean that it is impossible to avoid. As with death and taxes, it was a certain that the rain would arrive just in time for their holiday. Note: Benjamin Franklin said `In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.'
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death and taxes

Symbols of inevitability. Benjamin Franklin observed that “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” English novelist Daniel Defoe said much the same thing a century earlier.
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