forbidden fruit


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forbidden fruit

Fig. someone or something that one finds attractive or desirable partly because having the person or thing is immoral or illegal. (Biblical; from the apple in the Garden of Eden that was forbidden to Adam by God.) Jim flirts with his sister-in-law only because she's forbidden fruit. The boy watches that program only when his parents are out. It's forbidden fruit.
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forbidden fruit

something that you want very much but are not allowed to have, especially a sexual relationship
Usage notes: In the Bible, the forbidden fruit was an apple which God told Adam and Eve they could not eat.
He'd spent many years lusting after his brother's wife - the forbidden fruit.
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forbidden fruit

Unlawful pleasure or enjoyment; illicit love. For example, After Mary moved in with John, Tom began courting her-forbidden fruit is sweet, I guess , or Smoking behind the woodshed, that's a case of forbidden fruit. This expression alludes to Adam and Eve's violation of God's commandment not to touch fruit from the tree of knowledge, which resulted in their expulsion from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:6). In the form forbidden fruit is sweet it appeared in numerous early English proverb collections.
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But there is also an alternative understanding of the tale of the forbidden fruit, generated by a scientific rather than a moralistic perspective, and it could conceivably throw some light on the later feature of the Cain-Abel clash.
Just as Eve had disrupted and corrupted the perfect order of nature by coveting a forbidden fruit and fantasizing about equality with God, so mothers could disrupt patriarchal order through the power of their imaginations, fantasies, and desires.
Eve thought that eating the forbidden fruit would bring her happiness.
But around 1980, when modernism no longer seemed so modern, one blasphemer after another began to take on the lure of forbidden fruit, challenging us to flick a switch or two and to look again at what once seemed beyond the pale of aesthetic decency.
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The tobacco companies, never slow to learn a PR lesson, have worked hard in recent years to dress their product as forbidden fruit.
Like any collector hobby, cigar "nonconformists" have their holy grail - in this case, it's the forbidden fruit of banned Cohibas and Hoyo Epicures from Cuba.
A major downturn has to be like the forbidden fruit.
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109), Hamlet's state as defined through music, arrangements for piano four hands in his creative work and performance, eros as forbidden fruit in the realm of communal communism, and a Soviet opera in America.
As a result, I've never seen drink as a forbidden fruit.
God gave them everything they needed for a happy life, but asked them not to eat the forbidden fruit.
Now, she is the forbidden fruit that reminds Iranians of what many recall as the good old days.
Friday has long been thought of as unlucky, Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit on a Friday, and Christ was crucified by the Romans on a Friday.
Emmerdale Forbidden fruit always tastes sweeter, as Mark discovers down on the farm, or at least in a lay-by.