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One who looks for and argues in support of the positive aspects and benefits of a certain argument, whether or not they believe them to be true. it is the opposite of a "devil's advocate," who argues against something for the sake of argument, not due to a personal opinion. I know a lot of people oppose the building of a new railway, but let me play angel's advocate for a second and tell you about all the ways it will improve our city!
See also: advocate
enough to make the angels weep
So terrible, distressing, or grievous as to shake the foundations of one's faith or hope. The tragedy of those two young boys' deaths is enough to make the angels weep.
1. An angel or other supernatural being who is appointed to protect, guide, or otherwise watch over a particular individual. You're lucky to be alive after that accident! You must have a guardian angel!
2. A person who protects, guides, or otherwise looks after the welfare of someone. Uncle John became my guardian angel after my parents died, always making sure I had everything I needed.
See also: angel
you're an angel
You are sweet and or/perfect. You can do no wrong. You brought me coffee? Ah, you're an angel. Right, like you stole the mascot. You're an angel, and you were at the library when it happened!
See also: angel
1. An angel who has rebelled against God and has been subsequently cast out of heaven. The Bible describes Lucifer as having become a fallen angel after he desired to become God rather than be a servant of God.
2. In finance, a stock or bond that has drastically declined in value. Try to avoid investing in fallen angels—they may have been highly priced once, but they will never return to their original value.
3. A company or organization that was previously successful but is currently failing. The high school's debate team was this year's fallen angel, losing all of their competitions after being dominant last year.
oil of angels
Money, particularly when used as a bribe. "Angel" was formerly a term for a type of coin. I think we'll be seated soon—I gave the hostess some oil of angels. Oil of angels is the only thing that's going to save you from some goons breaking your kneecaps.
be on the side of the angels
To behave in a kind or charitable way, or to support such actions. With war tearing apart the country, being on the side of the angels can cost you your life.
Any of the extremely poisonous mushrooms of the genus Amanita. Don't pick that mushroom—it's a destroying angel!
on the side of the angels
Behaving in a kind or charitable way, or supporting such actions. With war tearing the country apart, being on the side of the angels can cost you your life.
angel in the house
A housewife who is pure, subservient, and devoted to her husband and family. A reference to a narrative poem called The Angel in the House by Coventry Patmore. The phrase is now typically used to question or decry this concept as a model of femininity. Though we've made great strides in the past half-decade toward full equality for women, there is still this lingering notion that a married woman, especially a mother, should be the angel in the house.
slang The drug PCP (phencyclidine), as it can be taken in a powder form. People high on angel dust are known to exhibit unusual amounts of strength.
1. A type of pasta that is in very thin, long strands. I'm making some angel hair with meatballs for dinner tonight.
2. slang The drug PCP (phencyclidine). Were you guys able to score any angel hair before the concert?
dust of angels
slang The drug PCP (phencyclidine). Were you guys able to score any dust of angels before the concert?
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Prov. Foolish people usually do not understand when a situation is dangerous, so they are not afraid to do things that would frighten more sensible people. Alan: Bob is too scared to go in and confront the boss, so I'm going to. Jane: Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
fools rush in where angels fear to tread
Ignorant or inexperienced individuals get involved in situations that wiser persons would avoid, as in I've never heard this symphony and here I am conducting it-oh well, fools rush in where angels fear to tread , or He tried to mediate their unending argument-fools rush in. This expression, so well known it is sometimes shortened as in the second example, is a quotation from Alexander Pope's Essay on Criticism (1709): "No place so sacred from such fops is barr'd ... Nay, fly to altars; there they'll talk you dead; For fools rush in where angels fear to tread."
on the side of the angels
Supporting the good side, as in Whatever you may think of him, on important issues he's usually on the side of the angels . This expression was coined by Benjamin Disraeli in 1864 in a speech about Darwin's theory that man is descended from apes: "The question is this: Is man an ape or an angel? Now I am on the side of the angels." Before long it was extended to broader use, specifically to the moral view.
a fallen angel
1. If someone is a fallen angel, they were once well-behaved, but are now badly-behaved. She went from shy posh girl to fallen angel, before going all the way to tragic heroine.
2. If a company or a sports team is a fallen angel, they were once successful, but are now unsuccessful. The firm was a fallen angel that halved in value but has since recovered.
on the side of the angels
If someone is on the side of the angels, they are doing or supporting what is morally right. The President's on the side of the angels when it comes to racial tolerance and the environment.
fools rush in where angels fear to treador
fools rush in
People say fools rush in where angels fear to tread or fools rush in to mean that stupid people often do or say things without thinking enough about them first. `Sometimes I stop and think, Good God, how did I get into this,' she says with a laugh. `Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.' That was something none of the three of us would have dared to say. Fools rush in... Note: This expression is often varied, especially by using other words instead of fools and angels. Amateurs rush in where professionals fear to tread. Note: This proverb comes from Alexander Pope's `An Essay on Criticism' (1711).
the angel in the housea woman who is completely devoted to her husband and family.
This was the title of a collection of poems on married love by Coventry Patmore ( 1823–96 ), and it is now mainly used ironically.
on the side of the angelson the side of what is right.
In a speech in Oxford in November 1864 the British statesman Benjamin Disraeli alluded to the controversy over the origins of humankind then raging in the wake of the publication of Charles Darwin 's On the Origin of Species ( 1859 ): ‘Is man an ape or an angel? Now I am on the side of the angels’ (The Times 26 Nov. 1864 ).
fools rush in where angels fear to treadpeople without good sense or judgement will have no hesitation in tackling a situation that even the wisest would avoid. proverb
be on the side of the ˈangelshaving correct moral principles and behaving correctly: The policemen in Scobie’s crime novels are not always on the side of the angels.
1. n. a secret financier. I was hoping for an angel to see this project through, but all the fat-cats seem to have disappeared.
2. n. a sweetheart. (Also a term of address.) Okay, angel, let’s get in the car.
3. n. a sniper hiding in a high place, such as on the roof of a building. The guards looked upward, watching for angels.
4. n. 1,000 feet of altitude, in flight. At about eighteen angels, we began to level out.
angel dustand angel hair and dust of angels
n. the common name for phencyclidine (PCP). (Originally drugs.) I thought that angel hair and stuff like that was a problem of the sixties. He had a bit of a problem with some “dust of angels.” It almost killed him.
dust of angelsverb
on the side of the angels, to be
Supporting the good side. This expression comes from a speech by Benjamin Disraeli (1864) concerning the problems raised by Darwin’s theory that mankind is descended from apes: “The question is this: Is man an ape or an angel? Now I am on the side of the angels.” The phrase was later extended to mean siding with goodness and upholding the moral or spiritual view.