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blossom forth

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.
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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.
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blossom out

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.
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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?
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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.
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come into blossom

To bloom, as of a flower or tree. What time of year do these plants come into blossom? Our back yard is so colorful now that all the flowers have come into blossom.
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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!
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in blossom

Having fully bloomed, as of a flower, tree, or other such plant. Our back yard is so colorful now that all the flowers are in blossom.
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rum blossom

dated A red, swollen, bumpy appearance to one's nose, commonly (but mistakenly) ascribed to long-term alcohol abuse. Technically known as a rhinophyma. The old drunk had all the stereotypical traits—a chronic hiccup, a bright rum blossom on his nose, and disheveled clothes that hadn't seen a washing machine in weeks. More than just being unsightly, people think this rhinophyma is a rum blossom, even though I've never touched a drop of liquor in my life!
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toddy blossom

dated A red, swollen, bumpy appearance to one's nose, commonly (but mistakenly) ascribed to long-term alcohol abuse. "Toddy" refers liquor that has been diluted with hot water and sugar, as well as other spices or lemon juice. The old drunk had all the stereotypical traits—a chronic hiccup, a bright toddy blossom on his nose, and disheveled clothes that hadn't seen a washing machine in weeks. More than just being unsightly, having this big, ugly toddy blossom makes people think I'm a lush.
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blossom forth

 
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.
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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.
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blossom out

 
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.
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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.
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come into bloom

 and 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.
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in blossom

 and 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?
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blossom into

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]
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toddy blossom

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.
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On ordinary times of the year, I could sense that Ueno Park may not be as grand as the first two parks, but the blossoming of the Sakura trees makes it perfect.
In the fall of 2002, Blossoming Lotus opened its doors on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai.
Cherry blossoms in Japan are likely to start blooming March 17, earlier than usual, with Tokyo expected to see the cherry trees blossoming from March 20, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Tuesday.
A maguey originally from Mexico blossomed Wednesday at Tokyo's Hama detached palace in what is thought to be the first such blossoming in Japan for 70 years.
The plant, also dubbed the century plant due to its infrequent blossoming, is used to produce tequila.
That means that in early April acres of blossoming fruit trees stand against a backdrop that would look at home in a John Ford western, as the undulating mesa becomes a riot of pink, rose, and salmon blossoms; puffs of wind send petals blowing across the highway.