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blush is off the rose
Something, someone, or some situation is no longer as exciting, novel, or interesting as it first was, likened to a rose whose color is no longer vibrant or in the most appealing condition. Everyone had very high hopes for the newly elected senator, but she accomplished little in her first term, and I'm afraid the blush is off the rose at this point. After four years, it just feels like the blush is off the rose in this relationship.
spare (someone's) blushes
To keep from making someone feel embarrassed or awkward. However, due to your family's great service to the crown, we will spare your blushes and not create a public scandal around this debacle. I tried sparing her blushes when she asked me to prom by saying I had no intention of going with anyone.
at first glanceand at first blush
when first examined; at an early stage. At first glance, the problem appeared quite simple. Later we learned just how complex it really was. He appeared quite healthy at first glance. At first blush, she appeared to be quite old.
blush with something
[for someone's cheeks] to redden from a particular emotion or reaction. She blushed with shame. You could see that Lily was blushing with anger, even though she tried to conceal it.
See also: blush
at first blush
when first learning or thinking about something At first blush, the house seemed perfect until we discovered we had no heat or hot water.Related vocabulary: at first glance
at first glance
when first looked at At first glance the deal looked great, but after reading the contract I wasn't so sure. The twins seem, at first glance, very similar, but they're actually very different.Related vocabulary: at first sight
save/spare somebody's blushes(British & Australian)
to do something to prevent someone feeling embarrassed Granger saved the team's blushes by scoring the only goal in the last five minutes of the game. The audience's blushes were spared because the censors had removed all the explicit sex scenes from the film.
at first blush(mainly American)
when you first start to think about something His decision isn't as odd as it may seem at first blush.
at first glance/sight
if something or someone seems a particular way at first glance, they seem that way when you first look at them The system is more complicated than it appears at first glance.
at first blush
Also, at first glance or sight . When first seen. For example, At first blush we thought it was an elegant restaurant, but it soon became obvious that it was hardly the place for a special dinner , or At first glance the contract looked just fine. All three phrases date from the 1300s. The noun blush is used with the obsolete meaning "glimpse" or "momentary view" and in this idiom has nothing to do with showing embarrassment. Also see love at first sight.
at first glance
On initial consideration: At first glance the plan seemed unworkable.