life is (just) a bowl of cherries

life is (just) a bowl of cherries

proverb Life is wonderful or very pleasant. I got a promotion and got engaged in the span of a week! Life is just a bowl of cherries these days!
See also: bowl, cherry, life, of
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Life is just a bowl of cherries.

Prov. Everything is going well.; Life is carefree. (Often used ironically, as in the second example.) The real estate salesman tried to convince us that life in the suburbs is just a bowl of cherries. Jill: Hi, Jane. How are you? Jane: Oh, my alarm clock didn't go off this morning, and then my car wouldn't start, and I missed the bus and got to work late, and I just found out my rent's going up fifty dollars a month. Life is just a bowl of cherries.
See also: bowl, cherry, just, life, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bowl of cherries, life is just a

These are happy circumstances; life is wonderful. This phrase is often used ironically, as in My husband is about to get laid off-life is just a bowl of cherries, right? Originating as the title of a song (1931) by Lew Brown (lyrics) and composer Ray Henderson, this term expressed the idea that everything was going very well. However, its ironical use was established by the 1970s. Also see bed of roses.
See also: bowl, just, life, of
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.

life is a bowl of cherries

If you say that life is a bowl of cherries, you mean that life is full of pleasure and enjoyment. To him, life was a bowl of cherries. Life's not exactly a bowl of cherries when you're an international champ.
See also: bowl, cherry, life, of
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

life is just a bowl of cherries

Everything is just great. This slangy phrase, often used ironically, gained currency as the title of a song by Ray Henderson (lyrics by Lew Brown) performed by Ethel Merman in the Scandals of 1931. Today it is nearly always used ironically, as in the title of humorist Erma Bombeck’s book: If Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? (1978). See also the pits. “Since life is short, we need to make it broad; Since life is brief, we need to make it bright . . .” —Ella Wheeler Wilcox
See also: bowl, cherry, just, life, of
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
See also: