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tax and spend Line breaks: tax and spend

Definition of tax and spend in English:


[mass noun, often as modifier]
A political policy of increasing taxes in order to fund an increase in government spending: an old-fashioned, left-of-centre tax-and-spend party
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  • But Democrats may be more concerned about the old tax and spend label.
  • There will be constant attacks on Democrats as "tax-and-spend" liberals.
  • Tragically, the Minister of Finance disagrees with his own Treasury advisers and prefers to go on taxing and spending.

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