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Roman holiday

An entertaining event, affair, or activity that relies on the exploitation, suffering, or failure of others. A metaphor taken from Lord Byron's poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, which refers to the practice of having gladiators fight to the death for the amusement of spectators. I think tabloids exist and flourish as a means of providing people with miniature Roman holidays. Being able to see celebrities at their absolute worst gives us a perverse feeling of satisfaction. I'll never understand the allure of boxing, watching two people beat each other half to death like we're on some sort of Roman holiday.
See also: holiday, roman

a Roman holiday

an occasion on which enjoyment or profit is derived from the suffering or discomfort of others.
This expression comes from the poet Byron's description of the dying gladiator in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage as having been ‘butchered to make a Roman holiday’.
See also: holiday, roman
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Hepburn was already a fan, having bought a Givenchy coat as a gift to herself after 'Roman Holiday.' Givenchy, however, was expecting the wrong Hepburn in his atelier-Katharine Hepburn, the already famous actress.
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Her performance in Roman Holiday in 1953 won her an Oscar - and she was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Tony Award and a Golden Globe in the same year.
The trend caught on and Hollywood icons Audrey Hepburn donned a white shirt in the 1953 movie Roman Holiday, as did Uma Thurman in the cult classic Pulp Fiction.
The site of one of cinema's most famous ice cream breaks in the film Roman Holiday has been largely shut since last October while technicians cleaned and repaired the monument.
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This is a critical study of the career of Hollywood director William Wyler (1902-1981), known for such films as Dead End, Wuthering Height, The Little Foxes, Roman Holiday, and Ben-Hur.
Trumbo won two Oscars, one for the script to ''The Brave One,'' written under the name Robert Rich, and another awarded posthumously for ''Roman Holiday.''
ROMAN HOLIDAY (Monday, Film4, 4.35pm) AMERICAN journalist Joe lands the scoop of his life when he takes pity on an apparently drunk girl he finds asleep on the streets of Rome, only to discover she''s actually a runaway princess.
"[An] entertaining new novel--a rollicking picaresque saga that reads as though Evelyn Waugh had put the movies Roman Holiday and Duck Soup into a blender along with some old copies of People magazine and a couple of Mark Twain's travelogues, and seasoned the resulting confection with generous helpings of his own black comedy.
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The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the UO campus is holding a free "Roman Holiday" family day and open house from noon to 3 p.m.