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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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There's no way I would miss any of my sons' honeymoons
SPENDING on honeymoons has doubled since the late 1990s.
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Because baby boomers traditionally have their honeymoons before their marriages.
Customized Italian honeymoons are designed around the newlyweds' wishes and can include -- first-class and exclusive accommodations, private transportation or train tickets, shared or private guided tours, winery visits and tastings, cooking classes, opera, concert, and museum tickets, and much more.
I've covered a few honeymoons and other royal holidays in my day and always had a terrific time.
When couples like the Andersons are planning second honeymoons, they often splurge for the trip they've always dreamed about, says Geri Bain, travel editor of Modern Bride magazine.
How honeymoons are being researched, planned and financed For the purposes of this report, a honeymoon is defined as traveling done by a newly married couple occurring specifically as part of marriage tradition.
When it comes to the priciest honeymoons, however, the numbers are far higher-reaching $11,905 domestically and $23,000 internationally.
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