take the money and run


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take the money and run

Be satisfied with what you have achieved or won, and don’t try for more. This mid-twentieth-century saying was used as the title of Woody Allen’s hilarious 1968 film about a compulsive thief. The original allusion is lost, but other than referring to theft, it might well allude to one’s winnings at gambling.
See also: and, money, run, take