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Fun Phrase Friday: “Easy come, easy go”

Happy Friday!
This weeks fun phrase is “Easy come, easy go.”
Meaning: What you get with little effort you often lose readily, too.

In somewhat different forms (“Lightly come, lightly go” and “Quickly come, quickly go” ) 

History: This idea goes back to the 14th century. Chaucer had it in his Pardoner’s Tale (c. 1386): “And lightly as it comth so wol we spende.” In modern form the expression dates from the early 19th century. In 1861 Herbert Spencer wrote that it is “a saying as applicable to knowledge as to wealth.”

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