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Bad money drives out good vs Bad penny always turns up

bad money drives out good —(saying ) worthless people or things supplant more valuable:

  • The drain of human resources is one example where “bad money drives out good.”

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase throw good money after bad—waste more money or supplies in hopes of recouping previous losses:

  • Creating another failing system to replace the current one is throwing good money after bad.

bad penny always turns up, a—(saying ) a worthless person always returns:

  • “What if I never see him again?” “Don’t worry. A bad penny always turns up.”