You can’t take it with you

Idiom

You can’t take it with you

Definition

This idiom means that material possessions are not important in life, as you cannot take them with you when you die.

Examples

My grandpa always said ‘You can’t take it with you’ when I talked about wanting expensive things.

Even though she has a lot of money, she understands that ‘You can’t take it with you’ and chooses to donate most of it to charity.

My parents always remind us that ‘You can’t take it with you’ when we get too caught up in material things.

Origin

This idiom is derived from the 1938 play of the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

FAQs

Are material possessions important in life?

No, material possessions are not important in life. This idiom reminds us that we can’t take them with us when we die.