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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.
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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?
See also: have, pleasure

(it's/it was) (one's) pleasure

A response to "thank you" or "thanks" meaning that one was glad to do it and would do it again. 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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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.
See also: he, hell, sea, that

(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 ?
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.
Never mind, we have plenty of time; and you speak so well, my dear Mousqueton, that it is really a pleasure to hear you.
But there is one kind of pleasure you have forgotten, it appears to me.
Marianne was of no use on these occasions, as she would never learn the game; but though her time was therefore at her own disposal, the evening was by no means more productive of pleasure to her than to Elinor, for it was spent in all the anxiety of expectation and the pain of disappointment.
I would not have the shadow of a coolness between the two whose intimacy I have been observing with the greatest pleasure, and in whose characters there is so much general resemblance in true generosity and natural delicacy as to make the few slight differences, resulting principally from situation, no reasonable hindrance to a perfect friendship.
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
Perhaps this "thanatos" is an outgrowth of the suppression of pleasures, when self-destructive extremes become necessary to circumvent repression, an issue Tiger unfortunately doesn't pursue.
From the standpoint of number of trips, they say, the most popular outdoor pleasures in 2040 will be -are you ready for this glimpse into the next millennium?
Explore Bora Bora's natural beauty and take in all the pleasures of this mythical island and its crystal clear lagoon.
Hypebeast, the fashion/art/design hub and content creation platform, announced Thursday a new collaboration with cult streetwear brand Pleasures.
On the other, the pleasures that she cultivates with Wolmar at Clarens do not extend, really, to the laborers who make the community run.
The author argues that certain "pure" pleasures are full-fledged, intrinsic goods in the Philebus, which are even worthy of the gods (thus Socrates ultimately rejects thesis 2).