gilded cage


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gilded cage

A life of wealth and luxury but without true freedom, happiness, or contentment. She married her husband because of his fortune, but her lonely life inside their mansion with a man she did not love quickly became a gilded cage.
See also: cage, gild

gilded cage

The encumbrances or limitations that often accompany material wealth, as in She had furs, jewelry, whatever money could buy, but was trapped in a gilded cage. This metaphoric expression indicating that riches cannot buy happiness was popularized (and possibly coined) in a song, "A Bird in a Gilded Cage" (1990; lyrics by Arthur J. Lamb, music by Harry von Tilzer), about a young girl marrying for wealth instead of love and paying for luxury with a life of regret.
See also: cage, gild
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Written and directed by Ruben Alves, The Gilded Cage is based loosely on his own life growing up in Paris among the large Portuguese community, where his mother was an apartment building concierge.
The business model becomes a gilded cage, and management won't do anything to challenge it, while doing everything they can to protect it," says Larry Keeley, an innovation strategist at Doblin, a consulting firm.
As Megan's friend reminded her (and us) a few episodes back, Megan wouldn't have the leisure to pursue an acting career if it weren't for Don and his gilded cage.
Before you know it you will be happily ensconced in your gilded cage.
Bowen's Molly Murphy series is set in the early 1900s, and In a Gilded Cage is my personal favorite.
But while the nation's richest clubs finalise their bi-annual spending spree, splashing the cash on unheard-of foreign stars, most of whom will fail to make much impact inside the Premier League's gilded cage, so the sporting summer's biggest financial transaction is likely to involve the transfer of a large portion of Britain's undulating greenswards for around pounds 200 million.
At the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel, more than 300 attendees enjoyed the atmosphere created by primary colors, gumball centerpieces and a gilded cage.
She takes readers inside what she calls the gilded cage that gives a Third World emigre access to every conceivable luxury and the right tools to carve out a place in life; the sole caveat in this scenario is that "everything is mortgaged from their car to their home to their lives".
The court's assembly room amounted to a gilded cage, full of bejewelled, over-dressed people, reeking with body odour and out to gain advantage for themselves.
The story centres on a son of the slums, where the original inhabitants live, and a daughter of the privileged class who seeks to escape an arranged marriage and life in a gilded cage.
Gibbs once famously admitted "he wasn't a bird who liked to be kept in a gilded cage," and said life as a professional player could be mind-numbingly boring.
Aides stood aside respectfully as he reverently pressed his forehead against the gilded cage, which protects the tombs of the seventh and ninth Imams.
Yet despite a resume direct from central casting, he's shown his paintings in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions, not just in the gilded cage of "outsider art," but also in many mainstream venues, including his longtime New York gallery, Kent, which recently mounted a thematic selection of some five decades' worth of his paintings.
She links with her earlier chapters on the painterly pacific: The Spinners is the artist's statement of his independence from other artists while reflecting, at the same time, his courtliness, his location within the gilded cage of art.
Pride is injured, hearts are broken; but no one dies as the swallow (La rondine) that flew south from Paris for true love on the sun-kissed Riviera has to return again to her gilded cage.