easy come, easy go

easy come, easy go
also, quickly come quickly go

Meaning | Synonyms

  • readily won and readily lost
  • when someone is not overly concerned about losing something
  • If something is easy to obtain then you are less worried about losing it
  • quickly come, quickly go
  • lightly come, lightly go

Example sentences

  1. I won a lot of money at the casino last night but lost it on my way out. Oh well, easy come, easy go.
  2. She isn't used to working for her own money, her husband gives her everything that she wants. She has even crashed her new car. I guess it's a case of easy come, easy go.
  3. I never really applied for my job, I just kind of lucked into it. That's why I wasn't that disappointed when I lost it. Easy come, easy go.
  4. Easy come, easy go, that's how it is for her when she invests in the stock market.
  5. Rick earned lots of money illegally but today he has nothing left. Quickly come, quickly go!


It is a very informal phrase that is not used in formal situations. The phrase has been used for decades, it is not known where it originated from. The sentiment is expressed in different ways in a variety of proverbs. The phrase used to be "lightly come, lightly go" or "quickly come, quickly go." These have been around since the 1600s.

Since the 1800s the phrase has changed to the one that we use today.

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