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    opposite to "easy come, easy go"

    Hello,

    I am looking for a phrase which is opposite to "easy come, easy go", to describe the thing which can't be easily removed or forgotten if it is obtained after a lot of effort.

    Can I say "hard come, hard go"? or do you have any other expressions?

    thanks.

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    #2

    Re: opposite to "easy come, easy go"

    I can't think of a phrase that is opposite to "easy come, easy go", but "hard come, hard go" doesn't work.

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    Re: opposite to "easy come, easy go"

    sorry to hear that it doesn't work...

    so there would be no alternative?

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    Re: opposite to "easy come, easy go"

    There might be, but I can't think of one.

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    #5

    Re: opposite to "easy come, easy go"

    how about "hard gain, hard lose"?

    or "hard to come, hard to go"?

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    Re: opposite to "easy come, easy go"

    Quote Originally Posted by katnoric32 View Post
    Sorry to hear that it doesn't work.

    so there would be Is there no alternative?
    Quote Originally Posted by katnoric32 View Post
    How about "hard gain, hard lose" (no question mark here) or "hard to come, hard to go"?
    Remember to start every sentence with a capital letter and end every sentence with a single, appropriate question mark.

    Neither of your suggestions works. I can't even think of a context in which the opposite of "easy come, easy go" would be needed. It's just used to show that someone is easygoing and relaxed about things. There doesn't need to be an idiom to mean the opposite of every idiom. Someone who doesn't have the "easy come, easy go" attitude to life might be described as unrelaxed, neurotic, not chilled, fussy, and probably many other things.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: opposite to "easy come, easy go"

    It's a view that's worth the climb.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: opposite to "easy come, easy go"

    Very deep, Barb, very deep!

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    Re: opposite to "easy come, easy go"

    How about irreplaceable? Or, as ye sow, so shall ye reap?

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    #10

    Re: opposite to "easy come, easy go"

    Try:

    Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

    Not exactly an opposite meaning, but close.



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