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trouble in paradise

cliché Stress, difficulty, unhappiness, or discontentment in what is thought to be a happy or stable situation, often a marriage or romantic relationship. I think that's David's husband over there flirting with the bartender. Surely there isn't trouble in paradise already? It looks like there might be trouble in paradise for the tech giant, as news is leaking of a major internal power struggle within the company.
See also: paradise, trouble

live in a fool's paradise

To be in a happy state for foolish, unfounded, or delusional reasons. We were living in a fool's paradise thinking that the financial successes of the early 2000s would last forever.
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a fool's paradise

A happy state that one inhabits for foolish, unfounded, or delusional reasons. We were living in a fool's paradise thinking that the financial successes of the early 2000s would last forever.
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be living in a fool's paradise

To be in a happy state for foolish, unfounded, or delusional reasons. We were living in a fool's paradise thinking that the financial successes of the early 2000s would last forever.
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fool's paradise

Fig. a state of being happy for foolish or unfounded reasons. I'm afraid that Sue's marital happiness is a fool's paradise; there are rumors that her husband is unfaithful. Fred is confident that he'll get a big raise this year, but I think he's living in a fool's paradise.
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paradise (on earth)

Fig. a place on earth that is as lovely as paradise. The retirement home was simply a paradise on earth. The beach where we went for our vacation was a paradise.

fool's paradise

State of delusive contentment or false hope. For example, Joan lived in a fool's paradise, looking forward to a promotion she would never get. This expression was first recorded in 1462.
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be living in a fool's paradise

If someone is living in a fool's paradise, they believe wrongly that their situation is good, when really it is not. Anyone who believes that this deal heralds a golden new era for the European air traveller is living in a fool's paradise. Note: You can also use a fool's paradise on its own to mean a situation where someone thinks things are good, but really they are not. Mrs Deedes looks much happier. But surely hers is a fool's paradise.
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a fool’s ˈparadise

a state of happiness which cannot last because something which you have not thought of is threatening to destroy it: You’ve been living in a fool’s paradise. How long do you think we can go on spending our money without earning more?
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fool's paradise, a

Bliss based on illusion, ignorance, or misunderstanding. The expression dates from the fifteenth century, when it appeared in print in William Paston’s letters (1462: “I wold not be in a folis paradyce”). It recurs again and again, in numerous sixteenth-century sources (including Pettie, Lyly, and Shakespeare), and was certainly a cliché by the time George Bernard Shaw wrote, “Beguiling tedious hours with romances and fairy tales and fools’ paradises” (Misalliance, 1910).
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In a direct appeal to our senses the concept of the paradisiacal garden-house is expressed in the delicate flowers which appear on the dados, at the eye-level of the beholder, which transform the lower walls of the mausoleum into ever-blooming paradisiacal flowerbeds.
Parrot color-chart architecture, banana-shaped institutional buildings, pineapple churches, crocodilian houses, snake promenades, toucan theaters, orchid subway stations, etc." Vega thus conveys varying approaches in a polysemie project whose "paradisiacal" dimension, though European in origin, also encounters the typically Brazilian spiritual practices of shamanism.
(22) It is important to note that in the Talmudic version of the story of Alexander, the water of life is in turn paralleled to, and eventually identified with, one of the paradisiacal rivers.
He discusses towards a definition of the ages of man, the age of beauty, youthful pleasures and repentance, lament for lost youth, intellectual pursuits, code of conduct, marriage and sexuality, religio-political leadership and the promise of paradise, and rejuvenation and paradisiacal youth.
But behind the paradisiacal slogan, the state has a damaging drinking problem among its 34 million population, leading the government to opt abruptly for almost complete prohibition--alarming the tourism industry.
Educational dolphin encounters can be arranged for guests to shake hands with IndoPacific Bottlenose dolphins at 'Dolphin Bay' or 'Diving' tours where guests enter a paradisiacal world of sunken wrecks and colourful marine life along virtually untouched UAE coastline.
In the "Introduction," Tigner identifies her study of the paradisiacal resonances of "real and imagined" gardens as an example of historical ecocriticism (1).
Accustomed to singing about himself as blue, Stewie sinks into a depression in which his formerly paradisiacal surroundings fail to inspire him.
The fig is also mentioned in Sura 95 of the Quran, named Al-Tin (fig in Arabic), opens with "By the fig and the olive." In the Hadith, Prophet Mohammad is quoted as saying, "If I had to mention a fruit that descended from paradise, I would say this [the fig] is it because the paradisiacal fruits do not have pits."
(To live here, however, you have to "buy in." We sold two houses to get one!) But everything paradisiacal has its paradoxes.
The series' action takes place on the mythical island of Fujimini, where many exotic creatures learn to coexist in an unusual, paradisiacal environment.
In his sketches and tales, Poe creates several paradisiacal landscape garden images.
He embarked on an expedition to discover the mysterious Zuidland, the continent in the South Pacific that was described in travel journals, real and fictional in a number of mixtures, as a paradisiacal place with an abundance of products and precious metals for the taking.
Gerd Bayer investigates a number of postcolonial texts focusing on Sri Lanka and questioning the role of Western ideas of paradisiacal spaces, claims that for these writers, the search for paradise begun by the Europeans, has continued as a process which turns its success into catastrophes because it is based on flawed assumptions.