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better be an old man's darling than a young man's slave

proverb It is better for a woman to marry an old man who treats her well than a controlling young man. If anyone says that Lord Alistair is too old for you, just remember: better be an old man's darling than a young man's slave.
See also: an, better, darling, old, slave, young

kill (one's) darlings

To remove or refrain from using something in spite of one's affection for it, especially in a creative pursuit. The phrase is usually attributed to American author William Faulkner. Many a writer faces the uncomfortable need to kill their darlings in the editing process. If something in your art is no longer working, then you'll have to be ruthless and kill your darlings. How else will you grow as an artist?
See also: darling, kill

media darling

A very famous and popular person who receives exceptionally positive media coverage or attention. Ever since the election season began, the presidential hopeful has become quite the liberal media darling. The rising star has captured the world with her talent and beauty, becoming one of the biggest media darlings of recent times.
See also: darling, media

the darling buds of May

The flowers of early spring. The phrase comes from Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 ("rough winds do shake the darling buds of May"). I'm so sick of winter that I just can't wait for the darling buds of May to be in bloom.
See also: bud, darling, may, of
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Better be an old man's darling than a young man's slave.

Prov. A young woman should prefer to marry an old man who dotes on her rather than a young man who may treat her badly. When Mr. Nash proposed to me, I thought he was too old, but my mother advised me, "Better be an old man's darling than a young man's slave." When Marion's friends objected that her fiance was much too old for her, she said, "Better be an old man's darling than a young man's slave."
See also: an, better, darling, old, slave, young
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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She weaves her way into the Darlings' inner circle but realises a little too late in the game that there is a complicated cost she must pay for gaining entry.
The Darlings' billions have created a great American family; those same billions now threaten to demolish it.
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Caitlin dressed up as Grace Darling, Joseph was a fisherman.
The pilot, however (one of three series under the very-busy Greg Berlanti's stewardship), simply doesn't demand that we follow along to see what prevails in this timeless struggle--Nick's good-guy status, or the Darlings' corrupting need for a fixer who will do whatever's necessary.
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TRADE Secretary Alistair Darling has saved his own local Post Of fice from closure - despite axing hundreds of other branches across Scotland.
That is because it is more than six miles from the next nearest Post Office - part of the new rules announced by Mr Darling which state that 95 per cent of the rural population should be within three miles of an office.
This is Wendy and the Darling family as they might have been before Peter Pan was written.
At first fearful I would be busted as a noninsider, I gingerly looked over my fellow fashion fans as they stuffed their complimentary Absolut Sixth on Seventh clear plastic totes with all the free Evian you could drink, all the free magazines you could stand, Clairol hair-color samples, cute Glamour cookies shaped like cat's-eye glasses, spectator pumps and chapeaux, Tootsie Rolls in teeny beribboned Harper's Bazaar shopping bags, a huge unflattering Dean & Deluca/Vanity Fair T-shirt that I was glad to take anyway, even a darling little bottle of complimentary Absolut Currant vodka in a silver pouch, in case you get a little more fabulosity than you can handle, and a nice Timex indigo watch that my friend already filched.
Though Nick has vowed never to follow in his father's footsteps, the sudden death of his dad leaves the seemingly devastated Darlings to recruit him as their chief lawyer, with persuasive patriarch Tripp Darling (Sutherland) offering him the job.
Nick continues in his Faustian pact even when he discovers that his late father was having a decades-long affair with Darling matriarch Letitia (Jill Clayburgh).
Darling bought the vintage vehicle, appropriately named the Delta Darling, in the Carolinas during a trip to the East Coast and refurbished it with a new interior and fresh paint.
The Delta Darling is a 28-foot-long trailer from 1975 (the same year as the founding of Darling's Fine Things of Newport) and features a carefully selected array of the retailer's options.
Darling was excited by the fact that the set was loaded with smart, strong women both behind the camera and in front of it, so while being "glamorous and professional," the set was alive with an "atmosphere of positivity." There was also a sweetness factor--an impromptu birthday party complete with cake and singing.