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    The meaning of "Your tax dollars at work"

    Dear teachers,

    I am translating an American film. In this scene, one couple is listening a conversation via a scanner, and they are agueing whether it's illegal to hear this:
    A: Don't you feel guilty at all? It's eavesdropping.
    B: What. No no. This is a police band. I mean this is your tax dollars at work here.

    Can you explain the meaning of "Tax dollars at work" for me?

    Thank you so much.

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    Re: The meaning of "Your tax dollars at work"

    The phrase "your tax dollars at work" means that if you are a taxpayer you are paying for it.


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