bed of roses

noun
a situation of luxurious ease; a highly agreeable position: Caring for a houseful of active kids is no bed of roses.

Origin:
1800–10

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bed of roses

A comfortable or luxurious position, as in Taking care of these older patients is no bed of roses. This metaphor, first recorded in 1635, is often used in a negative context, as in the example. Also see bowl of cherries.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
But then the life of a wolf is no bed of roses either.
Life is too a bed of roses, you can tell from all the thorns.
At the same time the position of the leaders is by no means a bed of roses.
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