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all sweetness and light

Kind and agreeable. Susan's all sweetness and light, I'm sure she's not mad at you.
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be all sweetness and light

To be kind and agreeable. Susan's all sweetness and light, I'm sure she's not mad at you.
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all sweetness and light

Cliché very kind, innocent, and helpful. She was mad at first, but after a while, she was all sweetness and light. At the reception, the whole family was all sweetness and light, but they argued and fought after the guests left.
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sweetness and light

Ostentatious amiability and friendliness, as in One day she has a temper tantrum, the next day she's all sweetness and light. This phrase was coined by Jonathan Swift in his Battle of the Books (1704), where it referred literally to the products of bees: honey and light from beeswax candles. But in Matthew Arnold's Culture and Anarchy (1869), the term meant "beauty and intelligence." In the 20th century, however, it was applied to personal qualities of friendliness and courtesy and to the general pleasantness of a situation, as in Working with him isn't all sweetness and light, you know. Today it is generally used ironically, indicating lack of trust in a person's seeming friendliness or for a difficult situation.
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all sweetness and light

1. If a person is sweetness and light or all sweetness and light, they are very polite and pleasant, often when they are not usually like this. She was sweetness and light, showing everyone what a proper young lady she was. I used to be all sweetness and light on the outside, but inside I would be boiling with rage.
2. If a situation is sweetness and light or all sweetness and light, it is happy and pleasant. He is not suggesting that all is sweetness and light in the area. Note: You can say that a situation is not all sweetness and light to mean that it is unpleasant or has problems. It has not all been sweetness and light between him and the Prime Minister.
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sweetness and light

1 social or political harmony. 2 a reasonable and peaceable person.
This is a phrase used by Jonathan Swift in The Battle of the Books ( 1704 ) and taken up by Matthew Arnold in Culture and Anarchy ( 1869 ): ‘The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light’.
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be all ˌsweetness and ˈlight


1 (of a person) be pleasant, friendly and polite: She’s all sweetness and light as long as you’re doing what she wants.
2 (of a situation) be enjoyable and easy to deal with: Their quarrel seems to be over. Everything’s all sweetness and light at the moment.
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References in classic literature ?
Having uttered these words with great sweetness of manner, the good lady dropped a curtsey remarkable for its condescension, and serenely withdrew.
Palate: Nice texture, well-balanced, ripe tree fruits--peach and apricot, toasted nuts, sweet sherry, caramel sweetness and a touch of vanilla followed by toasty oak and malty grain.
Its warmth and tinge of sweetness went very well with a ginger and lemongrass king prawn.
A wonderful taste, a lot of body and sweetness, and you get deep cherry and dark fruit, this is great.
They were then asked by the researchers to rate the sweetness, aroma, bitterness, quality as well as the acceptability of the coffee.
It is made using sugar substitute stevia - a South American plant renowned for the natural sweetness in its leaves.
S James (3) 8 8 20904 HELLO SWEETNESS 17 J Ward 3-8-7 .
Retired teacher Maria Dismondy presents Spoonful of Sweetness and Other Delicious Manners, a board book about simple ways in which even babies and toddlers can share positive virtues and feelings.
The women tasted several vanilla puddings containing varying amounts of fat and were asked to rate them for sweetness and creaminess, a measure of fat content.
The five crackers in the line include: Original Multi-Grain, made using the same grains and slight sweetness found in Milton's Craft Bakers famous Original Multi-Grain bread; Blueberry Multi-Grain, containing organic wheat and oats along with real, wild, organic blueberries; Honey Multi-Grain; Chocolate Multi-Grain containing organic chocolate and organic honey; and Honey & Corn, with a taste reminiscent of sweet, buttery cornbread.
Contract notice: Markets work for the extension and renovation of the nursing home sweetness of life, in the municipality of martigne-sur-mayenne (53).
What's more, the cells that did respond to sweetness reacted relatively weakly.
All of these dates have slightly different nutritional properties and vary in size, colour, thickness, softness, and sweetness.
It is highlighted by a refreshing sweetness and crisp acidity.