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 definition


  1. n.
    a luxurious situation; an easy life. : Who said life would be a bed of roses?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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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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