not all roses

not all roses

More challenging, unpleasant, or disagreeable than something seems or one might think. We have a really good marriage, but it's not all roses—there are a few issues we're always working on. Several of my friends are jealous of my job at the tech firm, but it's not all roses you know.
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not all roses

not entirely perfect or agreeable. informal
1938 Graham Greene Brighton Rock Sometimes he's bad to me…it's not all roses.
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References in classic literature ?
Ah, my dear," said the countess, "my life is not all roses either.
Unfortunately, it's not all roses for Banal as he also committed 10 turnovers and expected to get an earful from his coaches.
The iPad is the perfect size for use in my Tiger, however, be warned, it's not all roses, especially getting it up and running.
Though that's exactly the kind of good news that Microsoft wants to hear after their used games, DRM and consumer relations debacles, it's not all roses for the Redmond, Wash.
True, Germany is not all roses either, but breaches of law are an exception, rather than the rule and when they occur, they are dealt with properly,"A Klaus Shramayer, a German political scientist, who previously served as Germany's former deputy ambassador to Sofia, told Deutsche Welle.
It is not all roses and chocolates with everyone happy all the time, but it is good.
It was not all roses for him at the beginning, but he is worth his weight in gold to David Moyes in that he can be asked to play in a variety of positions yet he will fill them with aplomb.
It's not all roses and smooth running being a tournament winner.
But it's not all roses ahead so enjoy what's going on right now,'' said Christopher Thornberg, senior economist with the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson Forecast.
It was not all roses against Easington, though, and at one stage Murton were tottering at 75-8 before Chapman, who finished unbeaten on 37, joined David Scorer in a ninth wicket partnership which added 68 runs.
We are cautious because we want to make it clear that it is not all roses.
But it's not all roses, as Phil reports, "Showing others how to invest wisely takes considerable patience, time and resources; success won't happen overnight but I'm confident the rewards will far outweigh the challenges.
It's not all roses or anything, because there's a lot of pain that Tommy and I need to resolve,'' she says.
Not all roses deserve a reputation for being high maintenance and chemically dependent, even though if you go to a Rose Society meeting you might hear that roses don't grow well in average garden soil, need to be sprayed on a regular basis for bugs and diseases, and then require a blood letting in the fall when you prune them.
It's not all roses though and if you want to exploit most of the engine's performance, you need ear plugs or a very loud stereo.