death and taxes, certain as

Also, sure as death and taxes. Bound to occur, inevitable, as in His business is going to fail, certain as death and taxes. This phrase was invented by Benjamin Franklin in a letter (1789) and has been repeated ever since, the government's recurring need for revenue probably assuring its continued popularity.


Nearby words

  1. dearth,
  2. deary,
  3. deasil,
  4. death,
  5. death adder,
  6. death angel,
  7. death bell,
  8. death benefit,
  9. death blow,
  10. death camass

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