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burst (one's/someone's) cherry

1. vulgar slang (of someone else) To have sexual intercourse with a virgin, especially a female. Before you go bursting a girl's cherry, you had better make damn sure that you and she are both totally ready to sleep with each other.
2. vulgar slang (of oneself) To have sexual intercourse for the first time. There is nothing wrong with waiting until you're absolutely ready before you burst your cherry. Too many people try to pressure you into it from too young an age.
3. vulgar slang (of oneself) To do something for the first time, often that which is particularly daunting, difficult, dangerous, illicit, etc. Somebody pass Marcus the joint, he still needs to burst his cherry tonight! For her birthday, I bought my friend Samantha a voucher so she could burst her cherry sky diving.
See also: burst, cherry

bust (one's/someone's) cherry

1. vulgar slang (of someone else) To have sexual intercourse with a virgin, especially a female. Before you go busting a girl's cherry, you had better make damn sure that you and she are both totally ready to sleep with each other.
2. vulgar slang (of oneself) To have sexual intercourse for the first time. There is nothing wrong with waiting until you're absolutely ready before you bust your cherry. Too many people try to pressure you into it from too young an age.
3. vulgar slang (of oneself) To do something for the first time, especially that which is particularly daunting, difficult, dangerous, or illegal. Somebody pass Marcus the joint, he still needs to bust his cherry tonight! For her birthday, I bought my friend Samantha a voucher so she could bust her cherry sky diving.
See also: bust, cherry

take (someone's) cherry

vulgar slang To have sexual intercourse with a virgin, especially a female. Before you go taking a girl's cherry, you had better make damn sure that you and she are both totally ready to sleep with each other.
See also: cherry, take

lose (one's) cherry

1. vulgar slang To have sexual intercourse for the first time. There is nothing wrong with waiting until you're absolutely ready before you lose your cherry. Too many people try to pressure you into it from too young an age.
2. vulgar slang To do something for the first time, often that which is particularly daunting, difficult, dangerous, illicit, etc. Somebody pass Marcus the joint, he still needs to lose his cherry tonight! For her birthday, I bought my friend Samantha a voucher so she could lose her cherry sky diving.
See also: cherry, lose

pop (one's/someone's) cherry

1. vulgar slang (of someone else) To have sexual intercourse with a virgin, especially a female. Before you go popping a girl's cherry, you had better make damn sure that you and she are both totally ready to sleep with each other.
2. vulgar slang (of oneself) To have sexual intercourse for the first time. There is nothing wrong with waiting until you're absolutely ready before you pop your cherry. Too many people try to pressure you into it from too young an age.
3. vulgar slang (of oneself) To do something for the first time, especially that which is particularly daunting, difficult, dangerous, or illegal. Somebody pass Marcus the joint, he still needs to pop his cherry tonight! For her birthday, I bought my friend Samantha a voucher so she could pop her cherry sky diving.
See also: cherry, pop

pop (someone's) bubble

To disprove, ruin, or destroy someone's fantasy, delusion, or misbelief. A less common variant of "burst (someone's) bubble." Sorry to pop your bubble, Janet, but Sarah only went out on a date with you to make Suzie jealous. Sean took pleasure in popping the environmentalist's bubble, explaining to him that renewable energy devices cause huge environmental damage to produce.
See also: bubble, pop

bowl of cherries

Wonderful; very pleasant. Typically used in the metaphoric expression, "life is (not) just a bowl of cherries." I got a promotion and got engaged in the span of a week! Life is just a bowl of cherries these days!
See also: bowl, cherry, of

cherry on top

The flourish that caps something off (much like a cherry tops off an ice cream sundae). Sometimes used in the phrase "pretty please with a cherry on top." Today, I failed a test and lost out on the lead in the school play, but do you know what was the cherry on top? I got a ticket on my way home! Can you help me with this project? Please, pretty please with a cherry on top?
See also: cherry, on, top

a bite of the cherry

A good opportunity that isn't available to everyone. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Jason heard about a new investment opportunity that has the potential to be very profitable. He definitely wants a bite of the cherry.
See also: bite, cherry, of

second bite of the cherry

A second chance or opportunity. Primarily heard in UK. Since a large percentage of her students failed the calculus exam, the teacher decided to give them a second bite of the cherry by allowing them to take the test again.
See also: bite, cherry, of, second

pop the cherry

vulgar slang To have sexual intercourse for the first time. There is nothing wrong with waiting until you're absolutely ready before you pop the cherry. Too many people try to pressure you into it from too young an age.
See also: cherry, pop

sour cherry

A tart variety of cherry. I can't stand sour cherries, so these better be sweet ones!
See also: cherry, sour

sweet cherry

A sweet variety of cherry (as opposed to the sour cherry). I hope these are sweet cherries&mdash—those other ones were too tart!
See also: cherry, sweet

wild cherry

An uncultivated cherry tree and/or its fruit. These wild cherries are delicious!
See also: cherry, wild

cherry-pick

1. To choose something very carefully to ensure that the best option is chosen, perhaps through means that provide one an unfair advantage or from a selection that others do not have ready access to. I can't believe he left the company and then cherry-picked the best employee in my department! Yes, you will get to cherry-pick all the equipment that goes into your studio.
2. slang In sports such as basketball and soccer (football), to position oneself away from the current play on one's opponent's defensive end for an opportunity to receive the ball and score an easy basket or goal. We might not have gotten scored on if you had actually been playing defense instead of cherry-picking!

burst (someone's) bubble

To disprove, ruin, or eliminate someone's fantasy, delusion, misbelief, or recent happiness. Sorry to burst your bubble, Janet, but Sarah only went out on a date with you to make Suzie jealous. I'm happy you won, and I don't mean to burst your bubble while you're celebrating, but your opponent could use some encouragement.
See also: bubble, burst

cherry-pick something

Fig. to choose something very carefully. (As if one were closely examining cherries on the tree, looking for the best.) We have to cherry-pick the lumber we want to use for the cabinetry. Nothing but the best will do.

Life is just a bowl of cherries.

Prov. Everything is going well.; Life is carefree. (Often used ironically, as in the second example.) The real estate salesman tried to convince us that life in the suburbs is just a bowl of cherries. Jill: Hi, Jane. How are you? Jane: Oh, my alarm clock didn't go off this morning, and then my car wouldn't start, and I missed the bus and got to work late, and I just found out my rent's going up fifty dollars a month. Life is just a bowl of cherries.
See also: bowl, cherry, just, life, of

*red as a cherry

 and *red as a poppy; *red as a rose; *red as a ruby; *red as blood
bright red. (*Also: as ~.) When she came in from ice-skating, Clara's nose was as red as a cherry. When her boss praised her in front of the whole office, Emily turned red as a poppy. I would like to make a dress out of that beautiful velvet that is red as a rose. Jane painted her fingernails with polish as red as a ruby. I want to have my car painted red as blood.
See also: cherry, red

a bite of the cherry

  (British & Australian)
a part of something good, especially when there is not enough for everyone who wants it Job-sharing would give twice as many people a bite of the cherry. (British)
See also: bite, cherry, of

cherry-pick somebody/something

to choose only the best people or things in a way that is not fair (usually in continuous tenses) Isn't there a danger that the state schools might start cherry-picking the pupils with the best exam results?

Life is just a bowl of cherries.

something that you say which means that life is very pleasant
Usage notes: This phrase is sometimes used humorously to mean the opposite
The hotel is wonderful and the weather too. Life's just a bowl of cherries. So as well as cleaning up the apartment and getting the paperwork done, I have three children to look after. Yes, life's just a bowl of cherries!
See also: bowl, cherry, just, life, of

bowl of cherries, life is just a

These are happy circumstances; life is wonderful. This phrase is often used ironically, as in My husband is about to get laid off-life is just a bowl of cherries, right? Originating as the title of a song (1931) by Lew Brown (lyrics) and composer Ray Henderson, this term expressed the idea that everything was going very well. However, its ironical use was established by the 1970s. Also see bed of roses.
See also: bowl, just, life, of

cherry

1. n. an inexperienced person; a novice. He’s just a cherry. He don’t know from nothing.
2. n. the hymen. (Usually objectionable.) You jerk! All you care about is scoring cherries!

desert cherry

n. a new soldier in a desert war; a soldier new to the desert in wartime. (see also cherry.) About 5,000 desert cherries arrived last week. Something is going to happen soon.
See also: cherry, desert