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be the picture of (something)

The ideal example of something (which is listed after "of"). Yes, Jill was in the hospital a few months ago, but she's the picture of health now. We went running together just the other day.
See also: of, picture

in all innocence

1. Without ill or malicious thought or intention. Witnesses testifying on her behalf claim the woman smuggled the medication in all innocence, with the sole aim of helping a suffering family member who could not afford treatment. I'm reminded of the scene in the original Frankenstein film, where the monster, in all innocence, tosses the little girl into the lake because he saw her doing the same to her flower petals.
2. Without knowledge or awareness of the significance of something or some situation; naïvely or guilelessly. The precocious child asked the pilot, in all innocence, how likely it is for a plane to crash. The student stared at me blankly and then asked, in all innocence, if she should be taking notes on the lecture.
See also: all, innocence

in all innocence

without knowledge of something's significance or possible consequences.
1992 Jeff Torrington Swing Hammer Swing! I'd given him the matches in all innocence but that didn't let me off the hook.
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Entering a world of mystery, fun and adventure Innocence has been dubbed"a magical theatre journey".
While not the focus of the book, Norris does explore the mutually influential relationship between innocence and the death penalty.
And the French law says you are guilty, and you have to prove your innocence.
This event supports the notion of fair and public hearings and respect for the presumption of innocence, as specified in the Copenhagen Document, said Charles Bolland, OSCE Rule of Law Officer, noting that the seminar was in line with Tajikistans OSCE commitments.
Shaurn engaged in a decades' long struggle to prove his innocence," attorney James Figorski of Dechert LLP said, according (http://www.
Scott's case is yet another example of an innocent American being locked up overseas and waiting years to be able to prove his innocence," says Justin Brooks, the Director of the California Innocence Project and a Professor of Law at California Western School of Law in San Diego.
Andy pleads his innocence to the police Meanwhile, Diane tells Chrissie and Lachlan that Andy has been arrested.
Lost Innocence deals with Canada's Indian residential school system.
Last year, under the supervision of Professor Julie Price and Dr Dennis Eady, the Innocence Project helped to quash the wrongful murder conviction of Dwaine George after he had spent 12 years in prison.
Cardiff Law School's Innocence Project - the first innocence project to help successfully overturn a wrongful conviction - is nominated for the Christine Jackson Young Person Award.
Scottish Dance Theatre brings Innocence to Middlesbrough on Wednesday, September 30.
4) It was then, however, that innocence activists from Northwestern University's Center on Wrongful Convictions sought to win Porter's freedom by descending upon a young man named Alstory Simon who suddenly and unexpectedly found himself being accused of the murders and pressured to confess to the crimes.
This study is a fascinating piece of social and cultural history that examines the development of modern concepts of childhood and innocence within the context of jurisprudence and with attention to evolving social and cultural sensibilities.
Byline: REVIEW JAMES WARD'S VERDICT ON SONGS OF INNOCENCE
that in the absence of a showing of innocence, relief is almost always