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crown of glory

A term originally from the Bible.
1. Acclaim as the very best due to one's achievements or accomplishments. The world-renowned researcher's latest breakthrough in nanotechnology is just another gem in her already impressive crown of glory.
2. One's hair, especially a girl's or woman's. Losing my crown of glory during my cancer treatment was at first devastating. After a while, though, I started to see my baldness as a symbol of pride.
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crown of glory

A triumphant victory; a splendid achievement. The term appears in the King James Version of the Bible, in 1 Peter (5:4), which says that good behavior will be rewarded, when the Shepherd shall appear, with “a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” A hymn (1820) by Thomas Kelly repeats this thought and also relates it to Jesus’ crown of thorns: “The Head that once was crowned with thorns is crowned with glory now.” On the other hand, in ancient Greek and Roman times, a victorious military hero was rewarded with a crown of laurels, so the term may allude to temporal rather than spiritual reward.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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