Definition of tax-and-spend in English:

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tax-and-spend

noun

A policy, usually associated with the political left, of increasing taxes in order to fund an increase in government spending: [as modifier]: they remain committed to their tax-and-spend philosophy
More example sentences
  • The Chancellor remains popular with the Labour faithful because he is seen to be keener than the Prime Minister on tax-and-spend.
  • This rhetoric disguises the very corrosive effect that tax-and-spend, together with ever increasing regulation, is having on the economy.
  • But, unlike on the economy and tax-and-spend, Labour has found it hard to pull the home affairs policy strands into an effective policy narrative.

verb

[no object]
Implement a policy of raising taxes in order to increase spending: you can’t tax-and-spend your way to prosperity
More example sentences
  • A government can't tax and spend its way out of a recession.

Derivatives

tax-and-spender

noun
Example sentences
  • They just wanted to flush the mayor-elect out: are you a tax-and-spender?
  • Do tax-and-spenders give any thought to the economic consequences of their policy prescriptions?
  • ‘You can call me a tax-and-spender if you want, but your approach is borrow and bankrupt,’ Titus said.

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Syllabification: tax-and-spend

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