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Learn English: Idioms and phrases with roses

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Let's learn about English phrases featuring roses!

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There are a number of commonly used English phrases with roses. Find out what it means to say that 'everything is coming up roses' and learn how to look through 'rose-coloured glasses'.

The phrase 'there is no rose without thorns' means that in order to enjoy something that is beautiful and pleasurable, you must endure something that is difficult or painful.

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'A rose among the thorns' can be used as a compliment and in jest.

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'A rose among the thorns', or 'a rose between the thorns', refers to a flower (something of beauty) that stands among thorns (something that is not of any significant beauty).

The phrase is usually said in jest and as a compliment when there is a woman with a group of men.

To look at a situation through 'rose-coloured glasses', or 'rose-tinted glasses', means to be optimistic or hopeful. The situation may be challenging or difficult, but someone can decide to look at it in a positive way.

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It is important to 'stop and smell the roses'.

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To 'stop and smell the roses' means to take time to appreciate and reflect on the meaningful and positive aspects of life.

If 'everything is coming up roses', then the situation is going really well.

"I just started attending a new English class. Everything's coming up roses."

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