“I don’t understand how Matt came out of this scandal smelling like a rose.”
“Being around her in the morning is not a bed of roses.”
“It just feels like the bloom is off the rose“
Do you understand any of these rose idioms?
In this post, we are going to look at even more idioms about roses.
9 Rose Idioms (Examples & Definitions)
To Be As Fresh As A Rose
Let’s kick off this list of rose idioms with one of my favorite idioms. To be as fresh as a rose is used to describe a person who is alert, energetic, and enthusiastic. You can also use the idiom to be as fresh as a daisy to express the same idea.
“I was so tired last night, however, after getting some rest, I am as fresh as a rose. I am ready to go!”
A Bed Of Roses
Sometimes a person might refer to a situation as a bed of roses, meaning that it is very easy. It is as comfortable as lying in a bed of roses. It is the good life, no worries, no concerns. You might hear this idiom in the negative. Something that is not a bed of roses. It simply means the opposite. Something that is difficult, unpleasant.
“Janet is not a morning person. Being around her in the morning is not a bed of roses.”
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There Is No Rose Without A Thorn
A very popular idiom about roses is, there is no rose without a thorn or sometimes, every rose has its thorn.
When you pick a rose, you will almost always find a thorn on the stem. And sometimes, when we pick a rose, we get pricked by one of those thorns.
With that in mind, this idiom means that every positive thing, situation, or experience always has a thorn. A thorn being some sort of negative aspect to it. In other words, it would be very difficult to experience a positive experience without the negative.
“I love everything about this house. I love the backyard. I love the living room. I love the kitchen. But the neighbors are driving me crazy. Well, there is no rose without a thorn.”
To Look At Something With/Through Rose-Colored Glasses
Oftentimes we use this idiom to describe a person that only focuses on the positive aspects of something or someone. It is kind of like looking through pink sunglasses, everything is going to look pink. You could also tell a person to look at something through rose-colored glasses, in other words, you are telling them to be more positive.
“I always look back on my childhood years through rose-colored glasses, but I know those times were difficult”
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Stop And Smell The Roses
When a person notices that you are stressed out, they might come up to you and tell you that you need to stop and smell the roses. With this expression, they are telling you to relax, to take time to enjoy life. Enjoy the finer aspects of life. Don’t waste all your time working!
It can also be used to tell someone to pay attention to what is going on around them. Very similar to the idiom: to wake up and smell the coffee.
“Mark needs to stop working so much. For the last 6 months, he has been working nonstop. Please tell him to stop and smell the roses or else he will burn out.”
The Bloom Is Off The Rose
The bloom is off the rose is used to describe something that is no longer exciting. It is no longer new, fresh or interesting. Much like a rose that is no longer in its prime. It no longer captures your attention. The idiom, the blush off the rose can also be used to convey the same idea.
“How’s work going?” “Well, after working for the same company, doing the same thing for the past 15 years, it just feels like the bloom is off the rose. I think it is time I look for something else to do for work.”
To Be All Moonlight And Roses
If you hear someone say that a situation, perhaps a date, as being all moonlight and roses, it means that it was enjoyable and pleasant. It oftentimes is used to describe a romantic occasion. Sometimes the phrase is used in the negative to emphasize just how difficult a romantic relationship is.
“Even though we are in a long-distance relationship, I didn’t think it would be this difficult. The last few months have not been all moonlight and roses. It has been really difficult for both of us.”
To Bring (Put) The Roses to One’s Cheeks
To bring the roses to one’s cheeks simply means to make one healthy or at least to make them appear healthy.
“Every night Jessica likes to drink a glass of red wine before going to bed. She says that it brings the roses to her cheeks.”
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To Smell Like A Rose
If someone tells you that you smell like a rose, no unfortunately they aren’t telling you that you smell good. Rather, they are saying that you appear innocent. For example, even though you had to deal with a scandal or a difficult situation where your reputation could have been tarnished. You came out of the situation innocent. Sometimes this idiom is expressed, coming out smelling like a rose.
Let’s think about another example. Think of coming out of a burning building smelling like roses. You came out of a situation where you could have been burned, but you can out untarnished.
“I don’t understand how Matt came out of this scandal smelling like a rose. Wasn’t he the one who came up with the idea in the first place?”
There you have it! 9 Rose Idioms. Which one is your favorite? Please share with us your thoughts in the comments below.