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a fool at 40 is a fool forever
proverb Someone who reaches middle age and continues to act foolishly is unlikely to start acting more maturely. A: "He's way too old to be spending his money so frivolously." B: "I know. A fool at 40 is a fool forever."
a thing of beauty is a joy forever
proverb Something beautiful will give pleasure long after it ceases to exist. This phrase is taken from John Keats' poem Endymion. Thoughts of blooming flowers sustain me through the cold winter months. Truly, a thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Continuing forever from this point onward. The couple lived happily forever after. I know that the horrific images of the war-torn region will continue to haunt me forever after.
forever and a day
1. Eternally; always; ceaselessly. Honey, I'll love you forever and a day!
2. An exceptionally long period of time. Jim, how you been? It's been forever and a day since I last saw you!
forever and ever
Eternally; always; ceaselessly. Honey, I'll love you forever and ever!
lost and gone forever
Lost forever; having no chance of ever being recovered. Nearly $50,000 of our savings, lost and gone forever because you couldn't stay away from that damned casino! I once dreamed of moving to Japan to teach English, but since having kids, that dream is lost and gone forever.
informal For a very long time. Good luck getting them to switch to a new filing system—they've been using the old one since forever. What are you talking about? I've liked baking since forever! I just never had the time to do it.
To take a very long time. You took forever to get home. Was there traffic? Why is it taking forever for our food to come out? Did they forget about us?
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forever and everand forever and a day
forever. I will love you forever and ever. This car won't keep running forever and ever. We'll have to get a new one sometime upcoming. We have enough money to last forever and a day.
lost and gone forever
lost; permanently lost. My poor doggy is lost and gone forever. My money fell out of my pocket and I am sure that it is lost and gone forever.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Prov. Beautiful things give pleasure that lasts even longer than the beautiful things themselves. (This is a line from John Keats's poem "Endymion." Also a thing of beauty and a joy forever, used to describe something beautiful in lofty terms, often ironically.) Jill: I don't understand why someone would pay millions of dollars to have some old painting. Jane: Because a thing of beauty is a joy forever.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
forever and a day
1. For a very long time, as in He's been working on that book forever and a day. This hyperbolic expression probably originated as a corruption of the now obsolete for ever and ay. Shakespeare used it in The Taming of the Shrew (4:4): "Farewell for ever and a day." Today it is mainly a substitute for "very long time." [c. 1600]
2. Incessantly, ceaselessly, as in Will this racket never end? It's been going on forever and a day. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
thing of beauty (is a joy forever), a
True loveliness (is a lasting quality). The complete thought is a line from John Keats’s great poem, “Endymion” (1818), and continues, “Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” The thought is hardly original, but the expression caught on. In the twentieth century it began to be shortened and used simply to describe something lovely, often ironically. Eric Partridge mentioned a play on it made by “flappers,” fashionable young women of the post–World War I era: “A thing of beauty is a boy forever.” Today one is apt to say it of, for example, an elaborately decorated cake.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
- a fool at 40 is a fool forever
- teach a man to fish
- when poverty comes in (at) the door, love flies out (of) the window
- When poverty comes in at the door, love flies out of the window
- when the wolf comes in (at) the door, love creeps out (of) the window
- it takes a village
- show (one's) butt
- Come off it!
- Get off it!