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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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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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Mellon was ordered to enter into a peace bond last week after he admitted drunkenly confronting staff and gardai at Taylors Three Rock pub in Rathfarnham, South Dublin.
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) handed down the ban over the incident in June last year, in which Perkins drunkenly bought millions of barrels of oil, pushing the price of Brent crude up more than $2 to an eight-month high.
Eli steals the takings from the B&B and puts Eric's life in danger, as he drunkenly falls down the stairs and Eli runs off without helping him.
A BRITISH teenager has been banned from entering Turkey for five years after drunkenly insulting the statue of a national hero.
A binman who was caught on camera drunkenly urinating in the driveway of a house and swearing at the owner before he collapsed has been suspended and could face the sack, the city council has said.
I'm still waiting for the long mooted Bryn Terfel and Shane MacGowan team up which I was drunkenly promised when I interviewed the sozzled Pogues singer in a north London pub back in 2005.
So it pleased Hitchens greatly last month to see Gibson get picked up for drunk driving, drunkenly inquire whether the arresting officer was a Jew, and drunkenly declare that the Jews had caused all the wars in history.
THEY tell me the Flat season proper began last week at Newmarket, although to me it looked very much like a continuation of the jumps season, with horses veering drunkenly from one side of the track to the other like three-mile chasers in the Towcester mud.
While Diane maneuvers to net him a career-making movie role as a gay man, Mitchell swerves drunkenly around a hotel room with Alex (Johnny Galecki), a rent boy who's ostensibly gay-for-pay and whose girlfriend, Ellen (Zoe ListerJones), reluctantly endures his dates with what they both call his "moneybags.
Another sequence echoes Aldrich more obliquely: A scene in which the protagonist's girlfriend warns him of danger while dancing around a vertical pole (at once a substitute partner and a device for making him into the audience to her spectacle) becomes a dance between two teenage girls, their only witness the camera itself dancing with them drunkenly but invisibly.
They follow the lead singer through the dark Manhattan streets and come to his aid as he's throwing up drunkenly in an alley .
Danielle Jenkinson, 19, and Rachel Bennett, 23, thought they would be jailed for drunkenly throwing punches and verbal abuse at a mixed race gay man outside a pub.
Carla then heads to the Rovers where she drunkenly tries to move in for a kiss with Luke.
Since then, he has fallen off the wagon several times and even drunkenly assaulted a railway worker.
The late Gary Bond is an embittered Outback teacher who drunkenly gambles away his last cent and falls in with a group of hard-drinking, kangarooshooting rednecks, headed by Donald Pleasence.