you can't take it with you

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You can't take it with you definition


We all must leave worldly wealth behind when we die.

Note: This proverb was used as the title of a comedy by the twentieth-century American playwrights Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. You Can't Take It with You concerns an unconventional family fiercely opposed to materialistic values.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Slang Dictionary

You can't take it with you definition


  1. sent.
    You cannot take wealth with you when you die. : Enjoy it now. You can't take it with you.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

you can't take it with you

Enjoy material things while you're alive, as in Go ahead and buy the fancier car; you can't take it with you. This phrase gained currency as the title of a very popular play (1936) by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart and of the 1938 film based on it. [First half of 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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