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The honeymoon is over.

The early pleasant beginning (as at the start of a marriage) has ended. Okay, the honeymoon is over. It's time to settle down and do some hard work. I knew the honeymoon was over at my new job when they started yelling at me to work faster.
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a honeymoon period

a short period at the beginning of a new job or a new government, when no one criticizes you Labour's brief honeymoon period only lasted until the first budget.
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honeymoon is over, the

The initial harmonious period in a new relationship has ended, as in After the first ninety days, the honeymoon between the new President and the press was over . The figurative use of honeymoon (literally referring to the first month of marriage) dates from the late 1500s.
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honeymoon (period)

and honeymoon stage
n. an early stage in any activity, before problems set in. You’ll know the honeymoon period is over when everything seems to go wrong at once. Of course, this is still the honeymoon stage, but everything seems to be going all right.
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honeymoon stage

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