gilded cage


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gilded cage

A life of wealth and luxury but without true freedom, happiness, or contentment. She married her husband because of his fortune, but her lonely life inside their mansion with a man she did not love quickly became a gilded cage.
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gilded cage

The encumbrances or limitations that often accompany material wealth, as in She had furs, jewelry, whatever money could buy, but was trapped in a gilded cage. This metaphoric expression indicating that riches cannot buy happiness was popularized (and possibly coined) in a song, "A Bird in a Gilded Cage" (1990; lyrics by Arthur J. Lamb, music by Harry von Tilzer), about a young girl marrying for wealth instead of love and paying for luxury with a life of regret.
See also: cage, gild
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In being pushed out of or renouncing the Palestinian Authority, young Palestinians are in a position to organize away from the Abbas' gilded cage.
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And probably for the same reasons -- they live in a gilded cage dependent for their information of the external world on courtiers who pass off as advisers and party colleagues.
I'm not at all surprised that the beautiful bird spread her wings and flew the gilded cage.
Adah and Ilse come upon his intricate gilded cage while exploring in an old barn, and ask their grandmother for his full story.
Written and directed by Ruben Alves, The Gilded Cage is based loosely on his own life growing up in Paris among the large Portuguese community, where his mother was an apartment building concierge.
The business model becomes a gilded cage, and management won't do anything to challenge it, while doing everything they can to protect it," says Larry Keeley, an innovation strategist at Doblin, a consulting firm.
As Megan's friend reminded her (and us) a few episodes back, Megan wouldn't have the leisure to pursue an acting career if it weren't for Don and his gilded cage.
Before you know it you will be happily ensconced in your gilded cage.
Bowen's Molly Murphy series is set in the early 1900s, and In a Gilded Cage is my personal favorite.
But while the nation's richest clubs finalise their bi-annual spending spree, splashing the cash on unheard-of foreign stars, most of whom will fail to make much impact inside the Premier League's gilded cage, so the sporting summer's biggest financial transaction is likely to involve the transfer of a large portion of Britain's undulating greenswards for around pounds 200 million.
At the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel, more than 300 attendees enjoyed the atmosphere created by primary colors, gumball centerpieces and a gilded cage.
She takes readers inside what she calls the gilded cage that gives a Third World emigre access to every conceivable luxury and the right tools to carve out a place in life; the sole caveat in this scenario is that "everything is mortgaged from their car to their home to their lives".