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a bed of roses

An easy, comfortable situation. After John complained about his long, tiring day at work, his father turned to him and said, "You didn't think your new job in construction was going to be a bed of roses, did you?"
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a bed of roses

a luxurious situation; an easy life. Who said life would be a bed of roses? If I had a million bucks, I would be in a bed of roses.
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bed of roses

A comfortable or luxurious position, as in Taking care of these older patients is no bed of roses. This metaphor, first recorded in 1635, is often used in a negative context, as in the example. Also see bowl of cherries.
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a bed of roses

a situation or activity that is comfortable or easy.
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bed of roses

n. a luxurious situation; an easy life. Who said life would be a bed of roses?
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bed of roses, a

A delightful place, a very pleasant situation. The metaphor was employed by English poets from Christopher Marlowe on. Today it is often used in a negative sense—that is, some situation is not a bed of roses. Indeed, the metaphor lacks literal truth anyway, as garden expert Allen Lacy pointed out in a New York Times column of 1987: “A bed of roses isn’t, considering all the fussy care they require—remove faded blossoms, minor pruning, spraying, dusting.”
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References in classic literature ?
In London, he had expected neither to walk on pavements of gold, nor to lie on beds of roses; if he had had any such exalted expectation, he would not have prospered.
A fine, sumptuous country cottage in the English taste overgrown with fragrant flowers, with flower beds going round the house; the porch, wreathed in climbers, was surrounded with beds of roses. A light, cool staircase, carpeted with rich rugs, was decorated with rare plants in china pots.
Christmas Eve with an empty purse Alone with the kids for better or worse With a runaway, dead or locked up mate In a state of despair in a prosperous state To those who look down their noses Casting stones from beds of roses For Christ's sake, spare a Christian thought For kids who's Christmas can't be bought Forced to provide in some other way A streetwalker by night a loving mother by day That single parent Christmas shopping Has reached the point where's she not stopping It's sell, steal, beg or borrow Stockings up or no tomorrows 3am excited screams From mouths of babes "Santa's been" With dolls and bikes computer games A loving mother, or, a woman of shame?
To each side are square flower beds of roses,both deep red and peachy yellow,and in each corner more rustic poles of Dorothy Perkins, this time fighting for position with purple Clematis jackmannii.
" Her flowing hair, " says the knight, " is of gold, her forehead the Elysian fields, her eyebrows two celestial arches, her eyes a pair of glorious suns, her cheeks two beds of roses, her lips two coral portals that guard her teeth of Oriental pearl, her neck is alabaster, her hands are polished ivory, and her bosom whiter than the new - fallen snow.