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Characterized by excessive spending and government expansion funded by excessive taxation. Used before a noun. The average working class citizen is sick of the tax-and-spend policies of this administration. The candidate is running her campaign as an attack against a tax-and-spend government that she claims is suffocating the country.

weigh heavily with (one)

To be an important or influential factor for one, especially when faced with making a decision. This is an issue that weighs heavily with my constituents, so I am making it a priority during my time in Congress. Being close enough to visit my family during breaks weighed heavily with me when I was choosing which college to attend.
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spending freely and taxing heavily. (Referring to a legislative body that repeatedly passes expensive new laws and keeps raising taxes to pay for the cost. Fixed order.) I hope that people do not elect another tax-and-spend Congress this time. The only thing worse than a tax-and-spend legislature is one that spends and runs up a worsening deficit.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Research by sociologist Elizabeth McClintock of Indiana's University of Notre Dame shows that, when married or cohabiting men are employed in heavily female occupations--such as teaching, childcare work, or nursing--they spend more time doing housework, compared to when they are employed in traditionally male jobs.
The Study: This meta-analysis looked at two types of studies: nine studies that looked at children that lived near heavily trafficked roads and cancer incidence, and four studies that looked at prenatal exposure to a home near heavily trafficked roads and cancer incidence.
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