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April showers bring May flowers

proverb Poor, often rainy weather in April can prove beneficial to blooming plant life in May. A: "Ugh, will it ever stop raining?" B: "April showers bring may flowers, at least."
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1. The best example or greatest representative of a group. Margaret was long considered the flower of her graduating class.
2. The best state or prime condition of something. It was in the flower of my youth that I knew I wanted to be a great writer.
3. slang The vagina, especially the labia majora and the labia minora.
4. slang An effeminate, weak, ineffectual, or cowardly man or boy. Don't be such a flower, Jimmy, stand up for yourself and fight him!
5. A term of endearment, often toward a girl or woman. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. Ah, my little flower! Come here and give your auntie a kiss! Here you are, me auld flower, two tickets to the show, as promised!

flower child

dated A hippie, especially one who is from the 1960s or adopts the style and manner thereof. My grandmother was a prototypical flower child back in the 60s, singing protest songs and living out of a VW van adorned with peace signs and groovy colors. The secluded community is run by old-school flower children who put an emphasis on peace, anti-materialism, and care for the environment.
See also: child, flower

flower of the flock

The best person or thing in a group. Your cupcakes are just the flower of the flock—there is no better item at the bake sale. She's the best we've got, the flower of the flock, so you should absolutely put her on this case.
See also: flock, flower, of

hearts and flowers

A phrase used to describe excessive sentimentality. Ugh, but the dialogue in those books is all hearts and flowers though.
See also: and, flower, heart

in the flower of youth

In one's youth, viewed as the finest, most vital, or most exemplary part of one's life. A possessive adjective can be used between "of" and "youth." You're still in the flower of your youth—you have plenty of time to figure out what you want to do with your life. After Arthur Henry Hallam died in the flower of youth, his good friend, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, wrote the poem "In Memoriam A.H.H."
See also: flower, of, youth

let a hundred flowers bloom

A phrase used by Chinese head of state Mao Zedong in 1956 to allow criticism of the Chinese government. Primarily heard in Ireland. For how long after Mao Zedong urged people to "let a hundred flowers bloom" was criticism actually accepted?
See also: bloom, flower, hundred, let

the flower of (something)

The finest, most vital, or most exemplary part of something. Though many worry the legislation will hamper trade with foreign countries, I'm hopeful that it will help nurture and cultivate the flower of local industries. The community has been struggling to come to terms with the death of the three boys, all struck down in the flower of youth.
See also: flower, of

the flower of youth

The time in one's youth in which they have the most vitality, good health, physical ability, etc.; the prime of one's life. A possessive adjective can be used between "of" and "youth." Those who fail to pursue meaningful careers or activities will spend their latter years longing for the flower of their youth. The community has been struggling to come to terms with the death of the three boys, all struck down in the flower of youth.
See also: flower, of, youth
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

April showers bring May flowers.

Prov. Although rain in April is annoying, it starts the flowers growing. Child: I hate all this rain. Why does it have to rain? Mother: April showers bring May flowers. Although it was a dreary, rainy day, we felt cheerful, since April showers bring May flowers.
See also: bring, flower, may, shower
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

the flower of —

the finest individuals out of a number of people or things.
Middle and early modern English did not recognize the modern distinction in spelling and sense between flower and flour , and the earliest instances of this expression relate to the sense that in modern English would be spelt flour , referring to the finest part of the wheat.
1991 Pat Robertson New World Order This vainglorious conqueror wasted the flower of French youth on his own personal dreams of empire.
See also: flower, of

hearts and flowers

used in allusion to extreme sentimentality.
See also: and, flower, heart
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

the flower of something

(literary) the finest or best part of something: The people of the village will never forget the war and their young men, killed in the flower of youth.
See also: flower, of, something
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

hearts and flowers

n. sentimentality. I didn’t care for the hearts and flowers part.
See also: and, flower, heart
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

April showers bring May flowers

Adversity is followed by good fortune. An old proverb, it was taken more literally in days gone by, and in fact it appeared in a British book of Weather Lore published in 1893.
See also: bring, flower, may, shower

flower children

Hippies of the 1960s, so named because they frequently wore or carried flowers as symbols of love and peace. Their antimaterialistic, antiwar philosophy was characterized as flower power, whose motto was “Make love, not war.” Overused for several decades, these terms now may be dying out.
See also: children, flower

flower of youth, the

The best or finest time of life, at the peak of good looks, good health, and vigor. “He hath the flower of youth, wherein is the fulness of strength,” wrote Homer in the Iliad (ca. 850 b.c.). Shakespeare used similar language, but not the precise wording of the cliché. But John Dryden did, in Alexander’s Feast (1697), describing the lovely Thais “in flow’r of youth and beauty’s pride.”
See also: flower, of
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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