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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!
lady of pleasure
euphemism A prostitute. A: "I think that Lord Stewart is spending time with a lady of pleasure." B: "No, surely not!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
have had the pleasure
To have met someone before. I'm sorry, I haven't had the pleasure—are you George's wife?
(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."
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."
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.
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.
(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.
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.
stolen fruit is sweetestand 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.
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.
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.
at Her (or His) Majesty's pleasuredetained in a British prison.
at your/somebody’s ˈpleasure(formal) as you want; as somebody else wants: The land can be sold at the owner’s pleasure.
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.’
it’s a ˈpleasureused after somebody thanks you for doing something to help them: ‘Thanks for the meal.’ ‘It’s a pleasure.’
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.’
Used to acknowledge an expression of gratitude.