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A list or collection of tasks or jobs one has been requested to perform or undertake, especially household duties or jobs, given to a person by their spouse or romantic partner. It is a pun on "honeydew" (a fruit), with "honey" referring to a common term of endearment, and "do" referring to a "to-do list." All I want to do on the weekends is relax, but my husband always has some honey-do list for me.
See also: list
1. An attraction, location, or sight designed to entice people to visit it, especially for monetary gain; a tourist trap. Even though I've lived in New York City for 10 years, I've never visited the Statue of Liberty. It's just a big honey trap, in my opinion.
2. The use of an attractive person, especially a woman, to extract information from someone by means of seduction. Though it feels a little demeaning, I know that being used as a honey trap against the mafia leader is for the greater good.
Smooth, soothing, and sweet in voice, especially in a persuasive or seductive manner or intent. The king has fallen victim to the honey-mouthed advice of his power-hungry chancellor. Handsome and honey-mouthed, the young man was able to pick up any woman he wanted.
honey catches more flies than vinegar
Being kind and gentle produces more positive results than being rude or unpleasant. I don't understand why the boss is always yelling at us like that—doesn't he realize that honey catches more flies than vinegar?
you attract more flies with honey than vinegar
You are more apt to get the results you want when you use kindness, rather than anger or aggression. I think the kids would visit you more if you were nicer to them. You attract more flies with honey than vinegar, you know. A: "The board rejected my proposal!" B: "Well, maybe if you didn't scream at them every time something went wrong, they would be more eager to work with you. After all, you attract more flies with honey than vinegar."
land of milk and honey
A place of abundance that is free from want. The phrase comes from the Biblical description of the land promised to the Israelites. It might be better than where you came from, but don't think this is some utopia or land of milk and honey—we still have to work for what we have.
An affectionate nickname, as for one's significant other. Hey, honeycakes! How was your day? Honeycakes, can you pass the bread?
(as) sweet as honey
Exceptionally sweet, friendly, or kindly. My grandmother, God rest her soul, was as sweet as honey, but boy could she tell some raunchy jokes! He may seem sweet as honey right now, but he'll turn on you in an instant if you get in his way.
*sweet as honeyand sweeter than honey; sweet as sugar
very sweet; charming. (*Also: as ~.) Larry's words were sweeter than honey as he tried to convince Alice to forgive him. Jill: Is Mary Ann nice? Jane: Yes, indeed. She's as sweet as honey. Your little girl is darling! Just as sweet as sugar.
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
Prov. It is easier to get what you want by flattering people and being polite to them than by making demands. Jill: This meal is terrible. Let's get the restaurant manager over here and make a scene unless he gives us our money back. Jane: We might have more luck if we ask politely. You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
the land of milk and honeyor
a land of milk and honeyLITERARY
If you call a country or place the land of milk and honey or a land of milk and honey, you mean that it is a place with plenty of food and resources, where people can make money easily and have good lives. Note: `Spilled' can also be spelled `spilt' in British English. Canada was the land of milk and honey. The land of opportunities. This was the first port of call for many refugees coming to Australia, expecting to find a land of milk and honey. Note: This expression is used in the Bible to describe the Promised Land of the Israelites. (Exodus 3:8)
milk and honeyprosperity and abundance.
This expression alludes to the prosperity of the Promised Land of Israel in the Bible (Exodus 3:8).
a/the land of ˌmilk and ˈhoneya place where life is pleasant and easy and people are very happy: She had always longed to travel to the United States and to see what she imagined as the land of milk and honey.This phrase comes from the Bible, referring to the Promised Land.
n. beer. Let’s stop at the happy shop and get some honey.
n. a gentle and loving act of sexual intercourse. (Taboo. Usually objectionable.) I told him I’d prefer a honey fuck to a bunny fuck any day.
honey of a something
n. a very special something; an excellent example of something. This is a honey of a car. Wanna drive it?
1. and honey cart n. any vehicle used for or designed for carrying excrement: a farm manure wagon; a tank truck used to pump out septic tanks; a tank truck used to pump out airplane toilets; a portable latrine truck used in movie making. I drove a honey cart in Hollywood for a year. How’s that for glamour?
2. n. a beer truck. What time does the honey wagon bring in new supplies?
See honey wagon
catch more flies with honey than vinegar, one can
One can accomplish more by being nice than by being nasty. A version of this term appears in Cervantes’s Don Quixote (“Make yourself into honey and the flies will devour you”), and a more precise version appears about 100 years later, in Thomas Fuller’s Gnomologia: “More Flies are taken with a Drop of Honey than a Tun of Vinegar.” It is a proverb in most European languages.
land of milk and honey, the
A place abounding in good things. The term comes from the Book of Exodus (3:8), where God tells Moses, “And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians . . . unto a land flowing with milk and honey.”