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angel's advocate

One who looks for and argues in support of the positive aspects and benefits of a certain argument, whether or not he or she believes them to be true. it is the opposite of a "devil's advocate," who argues against something for the sake of argument, not due to a personal opinion. I know a lot of people oppose the building of a new railway, but let me play angel's advocate for a second and tell you about all the ways it will improve our city!
See also: advocate

enough to make the angels weep

So terrible, distressing, or grievous as to shake the foundations of one's faith or hope. The tragedy of those two young boys' deaths is enough to make the angels weep.
See also: angel, enough, make, weep

guardian angel

1. An angel or other supernatural being who is appointed to protect, guide, or otherwise watch over a particular individual. You're lucky to be alive after that accident! You must have a guardian angel!
2. A person who protects, guides, or otherwise looks after the welfare of someone. Uncle John became my guardian angel after my parents died, always making sure I had everything I needed.
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you're an angel

You are sweet and or/perfect. You can do no wrong. You brought me coffee? Ah, you're an angel. Right, like you stole the mascot. You're an angel, and you were at the library when it happened!
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Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Prov. Foolish people usually do not understand when a situation is dangerous, so they are not afraid to do things that would frighten more sensible people. Alan: Bob is too scared to go in and confront the boss, so I'm going to. Jane: Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
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on the side of the angels

supporting what is kind, right, or good She was on the side of the angels even though it was neither profitable nor popular.
See also: angel, of, side

a fallen angel

a company or sports team that was successful in the past but is not successful now (usually plural) Derby County were this season's fallen angels, being sent into the Second Division after losing all their matches.
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be on the side of the angels

someone who is on the side of the angels is doing something good or kind The aid agencies are the only people firmly on the side of the angels in this conflict.
See also: angel, of, side

fools rush in where angels fear to tread

Ignorant or inexperienced individuals get involved in situations that wiser persons would avoid, as in I've never heard this symphony and here I am conducting it-oh well, fools rush in where angels fear to tread , or He tried to mediate their unending argument-fools rush in. This expression, so well known it is sometimes shortened as in the second example, is a quotation from Alexander Pope's Essay on Criticism (1709): "No place so sacred from such fops is barr'd ... Nay, fly to altars; there they'll talk you dead; For fools rush in where angels fear to tread."
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on the side of the angels

Supporting the good side, as in Whatever you may think of him, on important issues he's usually on the side of the angels . This expression was coined by Benjamin Disraeli in 1864 in a speech about Darwin's theory that man is descended from apes: "The question is this: Is man an ape or an angel? Now I am on the side of the angels." Before long it was extended to broader use, specifically to the moral view.
See also: angel, of, side


1. n. a secret financier. I was hoping for an angel to see this project through, but all the fat-cats seem to have disappeared.
2. n. a sweetheart. (Also a term of address.) Okay, angel, let’s get in the car.
3. n. a sniper hiding in a high place, such as on the roof of a building. The guards looked upward, watching for angels.
4. n. 1,000 feet of altitude, in flight. At about eighteen angels, we began to level out.

angel dust

and angel hair and dust of angels
n. the common name for phencyclidine (PCP). (Originally drugs.) I thought that angel hair and stuff like that was a problem of the sixties. He had a bit of a problem with some “dust of angels.” It almost killed him.
See also: angel, dust

angel hair

See also: angel, hair

dust of angels

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And this is the little boy who wants to be a priest," she would say proudly, when the cleric from the nearby parish church paid his weekly visit and I would stand with my hands behind my back and smile angelically.
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In fact, I am the co-godfather of this delightful young lady, and at her baptism, some years ago, we godfathers held her suspended between us like a tiny chicken, each man holding a goddaughterly wing, and so angelically she was received into the church.
In the south garden, three light-draped Manzanita trees stand quietly over a "reflective pond" as three massive icicle stars hover angelically overhead.
The company's six, angelically clad girls, showed us how the injured De-Napoli struggled in traction, unable to lift his limbs, hold his newly born child, his life in a spin.
This concert also brought another chance to marvel at Sarah Chang's gently emotional unfolding of Berg's Violin Concerto, music written ``in memory of an angel'' played angelically.
In the chapel, I genuflect (bob down on one knee and cross myself, for all you heathens) in front of the cross and take my place next to the others - who start to sing angelically.
Though goosed up for comic effect, the show's premise is loosely based on the unconventional household that Byrnes maintains with his partner of 13 years, producer Jamie Mandelbaum, and the couple's angelically cute 2-1/2-year-old daughter, Samantha.
A countertenor with the voice of a grown British choirboy, light and sweet and angelically clarion, and ever so slightly mischievous.
The funky frosted bottle is classier than your average alcopop and as you can choose from cranberry, peach, lime or orange you can smile angelically when your granny asks you if you're getting enough Vitamin C.