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guilty pleasure

Something that one enjoys or finds pleasurable but knows or feels to be bad, inferior, aberrant, or lowbrow, especially as might be perceived or judged by other people. I know these gossip magazines are trashy, but reading them on my commute home is my guilty pleasure!
See also: guilty, pleasure

lady of pleasure

euphemism A prostitute. A: "I think that Lord Stewart is spending time with a lady of pleasure." B: "No, surely not!"
See also: lady, of, pleasure

business before pleasure

Work or responsibilities should be addressed before fun. I would much rather play video games than study, but business before pleasure, I guess.

(I) don't believe I've had the pleasure

I haven't met you yet or before. I don't believe I've had the pleasure—nice meeting you, George.
See also: believe, pleasure

mix business with pleasure

To do something that brings together some aspect of one's professional life with that of one's personal life. The week-long retreat is meant to combine business with pleasure—allowing employees to relax as they would on any vacation, while doing some corporate bonding activities meant to improve workplace relations and morale. You shouldn't date a co-worker—don't mix business with pleasure.
See also: business, mix, pleasure

at Her Majesty's pleasure

For an indeterminate length of time, as of one who is being held in prison. Primarily heard in UK. If you break the law while you're in London, they can keep you in prison at Her Majesty's pleasure, you know.
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at (one's) pleasure

In the manner and timeframe that one wants. And if you don't like their work, you can fire them at your pleasure.
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have had the pleasure

To have met someone before. I'm sorry, I haven't had the pleasure—are you George's wife?
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(it is) (one's) pleasure

One was glad to do it and would do it again. A response to "thank you." A: "Thanks for picking up that package for me." B: "Oh, it was my pleasure. Happy I could help." A: "Thank you so much for helping my children, officer." B: "My pleasure, ma'am."
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with pleasure

It would be my pleasure to do that. Used to politely express cordial acceptance of or consent to something. A: "We're hosting a panel next month about the implications of climate change, if you'd be interested in joining us as a speaker." B: "Yes, with pleasure." A: "Hi there, would you mind bringing this up to my room for me?" B: "With pleasure, sir."
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stolen pleasures are (the) sweetest

That which is illicit or illegal is all the more enticing simply by being illicit or illegal. Some people end up cheating on their spouses and partners not out of some deep affection for the other person, but because stolen pleasures are sweetest. Why slave away all day to buy nice things with our hard-earned money when there are ways to get them for free? Stolen pleasures are the sweetest, after all.
See also: pleasure, stolen, sweet

Business before pleasure.

Prov. You should finish your work before starting to relax and enjoy yourself. Alan: Hi, Ted. Shall we get something to drink? Ted: Business before pleasure, Alan. Do you have the reports I asked you to bring? I'd love to go water-skiing with you now, but I have a few things to do in the office first. Business before pleasure, I'm afraid.

He that would go to sea for pleasure, would go to hell for a pastime.

Prov. Being a sailor is so unpleasant that anyone who would do it for fun must be crazy. Old Sailor: Why did you decide to go to sea? Young Sailor: I thought it would be fun. Old Sailor: He that would go to sea for pleasure, would go to hell for a pastime.
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(I) don't believe I've had the pleasure.

Fig. an expression meaning I haven't met you yet. Tom: I'm Tom Thomas. I don't believe I've had the pleasure. Bill: Hello. I'm Bill Franklin. Tom: Nice to meet you, Bill. Bill: Likewise. Bob: Looks like rain. Fred: Sure does. Oh, I don't believe I've had the pleasure. Bob: I'm Bob, Bob Jones. Fred: My name is Fred Wilson. Glad to meet you.
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My pleasure.

1. You're welcome.; It is my pleasure to do so. (From It's my pleasure. There is a stress on both words.) Mary: Thank you for bringing this up here. Bill: My pleasure. Jane: Oh, Doctor, you've really helped Tom. Thank you so much! Doctor: My pleasure.
2. Happy to meet you.; Happy to see you. Sally: Bill, meet Mary, my cousin. Bill: My pleasure.
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stolen fruit is sweetest

 and stolen pleasures are sweetest
Prov. People often enjoy illicit things just because they are illicit. To judge from the number of his extramarital affairs, John must believe that stolen pleasures are sweetest.
See also: fruit, stolen, sweet

There is no pleasure without pain.

Prov. For every pleasure you enjoy, you must suffer some pain. We had a fabulous vacation, but it's going to take us years to pay for it. Oh, well, there's no pleasure without pain. Yesterday I basked in the warm sunshine all afternoon; today I'm badly sunburned. There is no pleasure without pain.
See also: no, pain, pleasure, there, without

With pleasure.

a phrase indicating eager consent to do something. Fred: Would you please take this note over to the woman in the red dress? Waiter: With pleasure, sir. Sue: Would you kindly bring in the champagne now? Jane: With pleasure.
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at Her (or His) Majesty's pleasure

detained in a British prison.
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at your/somebody’s ˈpleasure

(formal) as you want; as somebody else wants: The land can be sold at the owner’s pleasure.
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have had the ˈpleasure

(formal) have been introduced to somebody before: ‘Tony, have you met Angela Evans?’ ‘No, I don’t think I’ve had the pleasure.’
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it’s a ˈpleasure

used after somebody thanks you for doing something to help them: ‘Thanks for the meal.’ ‘It’s a pleasure.’
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with ˈpleasure

(formal) used for accepting an offer, invitation, etc. or for saying that you are willing to do what somebody has requested: ‘Would you like to come and have lunch on Sunday?’ ‘With pleasure. I’d love to come.’
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my pleasure

Used to acknowledge an expression of gratitude.
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References in classic literature ?
Sunday pleasures are religious: monseigneur goes to mass, makes the bread-offering, and has discourses and instructions made to him by his almoner-in-ordinary.
Rustic pleasures, as I have had the honor to tell you, monsieur le chevalier.
said D'Artagnan, "you don't divide your pleasures badly.
Ah, monsieur, we don't reckon those pleasures, -- we practice them every day.
That is true, monsieur," said Mousqueton; "the pleasures have misled us.
Fanny's spirits lived on it half the morning, deriving some accession of pleasure from its writer being himself to go away.
The ball, too--such an evening of pleasure before her
And as in himself there was a succession of pleasures, and the new got the better of the old and took away their rights, so he being younger will claim to have more than his father and his mother, and if he has spent his own share of the property, he will take a slice of theirs.
He first takes their property, and when that falls, and pleasures are beginning to swarm in the hive of his soul, then he breaks into a house, or steals the garments of some nightly wayfarer; next he proceeds to clear a temple.
It has been increasingly recognized that schizophrenia is associated with impairment in pleasure experience.
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Music has long been known to light up the brain with pleasure and sensation, but exactly why and how remained unclear -- until now.
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