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go gathering orange blossoms

To look for a wife. The phrase refers to the frequent use of orange blossoms as wedding decorations symbolizing the bride's innocence. I'm quite certain that Sir Andrew went to town to go gathering orange blossoms, so we'd best get ready for a wedding!

blossom forth

1. Lit. [for a plant] to burst into flower. All the trees blossomed forth at the same time. Each spring my tulips blossom forth in all their glory.
2. Fig. [for someone or a concept] to develop or grow quickly. A wonderful idea blossomed forth and caught on quickly. That summer she suddenly blossomed forth into a young woman.
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blossom into something

1. Lit. [for a plant] to develop into full bloom. The bush blossomed into beautiful red roses. Imagine this brown old bulb blossoming into a lovely flower.
2. Fig. [for someone or a concept] to develop into something. She blossomed into a lovely young lady. The idea blossomed into a huge real estate development.
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blossom out

1. Lit. [for a plant or tree] to become covered with flowers. The apple tree blossomed out for the last time.
2. Fig. [for someone or a concept] to develop fully, physically and intellectually. She blossomed out in her studies and her excellent grades showed it. In her last year in school, she blossomed out.
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bring something into blossom

to make a plant or tree bloom. The special plant food brought the rosebush into blossom. The roses were brought into blossom by the lovely weather.
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come into bloom

 and come into blossom 
1. [for a flower] to bloom. This rose comes into bloom later in the summer. When do they normally come into blossom?
2. [for a plant, bush, or tree] to begin to have many blossoms. When do these bushes come into bloom? They come into blossom in June.
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in blossom

 and in bloom
blooming; covered with blossoms. All the apple trees are in blossom now. When are the fruit trees in bloom in this part of the country?
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blossom into

Also, blossom out. Develop, flourish, as in She's blossomed into a fine young woman, or His business has blossomed out and he's doing well. [Second half of 1800s]
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toddy blossom

n. a large pimple from too much drinking. (see also strawberry.) He was sporting a toddy blossom that would be the envy of any bum on skid row.
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For tips, top viewing locations and unique ways to bring the cherry blossom experience home, the Ritz-Carlton guide features 21 ways to get the most out of this magical, albeit brief season.
Because of this variety in breeds and locations, visitors to Kyoto during the cherry blossom season need not worry about missing the opportunity to experience the cherry blossoms due to year to year seasonal differences.
The blossom is transported to the distilleries immediately after picking, and distilling is carried out round the clock.
The hawthorn is very green but no sign of blossom so far.
Blossoms by Bike River Ride will take you along the scenic Mount Vernon Trail, where you will view the beauty of the blossoms from across the Potomac River.
Blossoms are likely to appear in Fukuoka and Hiroshima from March 22, and in Osaka from March 23.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival's commitment to cross-cultural understanding with an emphasis on Japan is a facet important to MetLife as the company's presence continues to grow globally.
April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine thousands of acres of delicate white cherry blossoms, brilliant displays of daffodils or tulips and quiet forests carpeted with wildflowers.
SOME of you may remember Blossom our Chocolate Labrador who dug up and ate daffodil bulbs when she was a puppy.
BATTERED Dip 10 to 12 blossoms in a mixture of 2/3 cup flour, 1 cup club soda, 1 beaten egg, and 1/4 tsp.
I love having a pink camellia covered with blossoms in the late winter and then having a bush full of pink justicia flowers right next to it in late spring.
They planted fruit trees alongside tea plants to provide shade; the wind often shook the trees and sprinkled their blossoms over the tea plants, thus creating a flavored or blended tea.
MIAMI -- Southern Blossoms, one of South Florida's leading sustainable landscape design/build firms, is set to bring the festive spirit of the holidays to downtown Miami and beyond with spectacular holiday decor installations at locations including Wachovia Financial Center, 800 Brickell, One Biscayne Tower, 1001 Brickell, the Santa Maria, Icon and Miami Center, to name a few.
Sure to capture the hearts of many is a stunning statement ring designed to look like a bouquet of cherry blossoms made with sterling silver and pink enamel flower embellishments topped with seven lustrous white freshwater cultured pearls.