honeymoon period

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honeymoon period

The short amount of time at the beginning of a new relationship, activity, or pursuit when everything goes well and seems to be free of problems. Donna was excited when she started her new job, but once the honeymoon period was over, she realized that she had more responsibilities than she could handle. Many couples find it difficult to maintain a relationship after the honeymoon period ends.
See also: honeymoon, period

a/the ˈhoneymoon period

a period of time at the beginning of something, for example a relationship, a job, a period in government, etc., when everybody is pleased with you and there appear to be no problems: The honeymoon period is over now for the new President.
See also: honeymoon, period

honeymoon (period)

and honeymoon stage
n. an early stage in any activity, before problems set in. You’ll know the honeymoon period is over when everything seems to go wrong at once. Of course, this is still the honeymoon stage, but everything seems to be going all right.
See also: honeymoon, period
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Democrats' and independents' low approval ratings for Trump led to his lack of a honeymoon period.
At this time of the tenure of a president, surveys would have shown a huge dip in his ratings from high levels that are commonly seen during his first year in office, or the so-called honeymoon period, according to Adrian Tamayo of the Institute of Popular Opinion, the research arm of the University of Mindanao.
It is not at all unusual for new Prime Ministers, or leaders of major parties to enjoy something of a honeymoon period.
Simons jokingly calls the build-up to the start of the IPL as the honeymoon period.
Following the honeymoon period, overall employee engagement dips significantly for workers under the 10-year mark.
It's almost as if the Special One, in his second honeymoon period, feels as if he and Abramovich are genuine buddies.
ASHLEY GILES does not expect a honeymoon period in his new role as England's one-day coach and admits his side are up against it in India.
Former England spinner Giles, an Ashes winner, does not expect a honeymoon period in his new role as England's one-day coach and admits his side are up against it in India - the first match is tomorrow.
Clinical studies have already shown that dietary changes and other approaches can extend the honeymoon period in some people and prevent diabetes in others.
Bittar's honeymoon period appears to have been extended.
They're always smooching and kissing and in honeymoon period again.
He had a honeymoon period when he first came to the club but since then he hasn't performed.
A pal reveals: "Patsy was working non-stop on Holby and Jeremy was in America, so they didn't have a honeymoon period.
But Jones said: "The bubble has burst and the honeymoon period is over, the monkey is off our back, you can use all those cliches if you want.
Thousands voted the same way in the Glenrothes by-election that is the first serious jolt that Alex Salmond has suffered in his 18-month extended honeymoon period as First Minister.