Crime doesn't pay
Meaning: If you engage in illegal activities, you will not make money in the long run.Note: crime (noun): activity that is against the law | pay (verb): be profitable or advantageous
Origin: First used in the USA at least as early as 1927, this saying became the slogan of the USA's FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and the American comic-strip detective Dick Tracy created by cartoonist Chester Gould in 1931.
Variety: This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
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