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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.
See also: blossom, out

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.
See also: bloom, come

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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Blossomy with classic peach fruit and honeysuckle on the finish with well-balanced acidity, enjoy this bright white with seafood or chicken.
The word "spring" is repeated six times, and is caught up twice in yet another chiastic construction: "'Tis the bird's trill because the spring is here / And spring means trilling on a blossomy bough" (1.
A pale beauty from the South of France that's non-syrupy and fragrant, honeycomb flavours mingle with lychee on the blossomy finish.
A ripe, ruby red with delicious depth of fruitiness, a blossomy finish and hint of spice, this bottle is good to go.
A straw yellow and rich style, it's blossomy with scents of white flowers.
Classic Italian styling goes into the attractively fluted bottle, and it reveals a fragrant prosecco with a hint of white flowers, fine beads and a very subtle sweetness on the blossomy finish.