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go gathering orange blossoms
To look for a wife. The phrase refers to the frequent use of orange blossoms as wedding decorations symbolizing the bride's innocence. I'm quite certain that Sir Andrew went to town to go gathering orange blossoms, so we'd best get ready for a wedding!
1. Of a plant, to bloom. I can't wait for the flowers I planted to blossom forth and fill our yard with color!
2. Of a person or thing, to quickly grow and mature. It feels like my kids blossomed forth into adulthood in no time at all. I had a much easier time writing my second novel—the idea for its plot just blossomed forth overnight.
blossom into (something)
1. Of a plant, to bloom into a particular form. I can't wait for the flowers I planted to blossom into beautiful colors and brighten up our yard.
2. Of a person or thing, to quickly grow and mature into a particular type of person or thing. It feels like my kids blossomed into adulthood in no time at all. I had a much easier time writing my second novel—my idea blossomed into a fully fledged plot almost overnight.
1. Of a plant, to bloom. I can't wait for the flowers I planted to blossom out and fill our yard with color!
2. Of a person or thing, to develop completely. Amanda was really shy as a kid, but her bubbly personality blossomed out in adulthood. I had a much easier time writing my second novel—the idea for its plot just blossomed out overnight.
bring (something) into blossom
To cause something, such as a flower or a tree, to bloom. Moving those flowers to a sunnier spot helped bring them into blossom. Nothing I've done has brought these plants into blossom—do I need to water them more often?
come into bloom
To blossom, as of a flower, tree, or other such plant. What time of year do these plants come into bloom? Our back yard is so colorful now that all the flowers have come into bloom.
1. Lit. [for a plant] to burst into flower. All the trees blossomed forth at the same time. Each spring my tulips blossom forth in all their glory.
2. Fig. [for someone or a concept] to develop or grow quickly. A wonderful idea blossomed forth and caught on quickly. That summer she suddenly blossomed forth into a young woman.
blossom into something
1. Lit. [for a plant] to develop into full bloom. The bush blossomed into beautiful red roses. Imagine this brown old bulb blossoming into a lovely flower.
2. Fig. [for someone or a concept] to develop into something. She blossomed into a lovely young lady. The idea blossomed into a huge real estate development.
1. Lit. [for a plant or tree] to become covered with flowers. The apple tree blossomed out for the last time.
2. Fig. [for someone or a concept] to develop fully, physically and intellectually. She blossomed out in her studies and her excellent grades showed it. In her last year in school, she blossomed out.
bring something into blossom
to make a plant or tree bloom. The special plant food brought the rosebush into blossom. The roses were brought into blossom by the lovely weather.
come into bloomand come into blossom
1. [for a flower] to bloom. This rose comes into bloom later in the summer. When do they normally come into blossom?
2. [for a plant, bush, or tree] to begin to have many blossoms. When do these bushes come into bloom? They come into blossom in June.
in blossomand in bloom
blooming; covered with blossoms. All the apple trees are in blossom now. When are the fruit trees in bloom in this part of the country?
Also, blossom out. Develop, flourish, as in She's blossomed into a fine young woman, or His business has blossomed out and he's doing well. [Second half of 1800s]
n. a large pimple from too much drinking. (see also strawberry.) He was sporting a toddy blossom that would be the envy of any bum on skid row.