salad-days

salad days

noun
a period of youthful inexperience: a man who never lost the immature attitudes of his salad days.

Origin:
1600–10

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salad days
 
pl n
a period of youth and inexperience
 
[allusion to Antony and Cleopatra (1.v.73) by William Shakespeare: ``my salad days When I was green in judgment, cold in blood'']

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salad days definition


A time of youth and inexperience; often, a better and more innocent time. The expression comes from William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, where Cleopatra says her early infatuation with Julius Caesar was foolish: “My salad days, when I was green in judgment.” (“Green” refers both to inexperience and to the color of a salad.)

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