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land of plenty

A fictional or imagined utopian place where there is an abundance of everything needed to survive and flourish. A huge influx of people headed to California at the beginning of the 20th century, thinking it was the land of plenty.
See also: land, of, plenty

there are plenty more pebbles on the beach

There are many other excellent or more suitable people, things, opportunities, or possibilities in the world that one may find. Said especially if someone has recently been through something or some romantic relationship that has failed or turned out badly. I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but there are plenty more pebbles on the beach. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get the job, but I'm trying to remind myself that there are plenty more pebbles on the beach.
See also: beach, more, on, pebble, plenty, there

there are plenty of (other) pebbles on the beach

There are many other excellent or more suitable people, things, opportunities, or possibilities in the world that one may find. Said especially if someone has recently been through something or some romantic relationship that has failed or turned out badly. I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but there are plenty of pebbles on the beach. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get the job, but I'm trying to remind myself that there are plenty of other pebbles on the beach.
See also: beach, of, on, pebble, plenty, there

there are other (good) fish in the sea

There are many other excellent or more suitable people, things, opportunities, or possibilities in the world that one may find. Said especially if someone has recently been through something or some romantic relationship that has failed or turned out badly. I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but there are other fish in the sea. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get the job, but I'm trying to remind myself that there are other good fish in the sea.
See also: fish, other, sea, there

there are plenty more fish in the sea

There are many other excellent or more suitable people, things, opportunities, or possibilities in the world that one may find. Said especially when one has recently been unlucky, unsuccessful, or has broken up with a romantic partner. I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but there are plenty more fish in the sea. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get the job, but I'm trying to remind myself that there plenty more fish in the sea.
See also: fish, more, plenty, sea, there

there are plenty more where that/(one) came from

The person that one is no longer in a relationship with, or the thing that one has lost, are easily replaceable due the abundance of similar ones. There are plenty more where she came from, Jimbo. You'll meet the right girl soon.
See also: came, more, plenty, that, there

there are plenty of (other) fish in the sea

There are many other excellent or more suitable people, things, opportunities, or possibilities in the world that one may find. Said especially when one has recently been unlucky, unsuccessful, or has broken up with a romantic partner. I know you are broken up about Janet leaving you, but there are plenty of fish in the sea. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get the job, but I'm trying to remind myself that there are plenty of other fish in the sea.
See also: fish, of, plenty, sea, there

have (an amount of) plates spinning

To ensure that a number of different activities are progressing as they should; to deal with or oversee a several different things at once. Rather than focusing on a single project, Tara prefers to have a number of plates spinning at once. I'm not surprised he's so burnt out—he had way too many plates spinning at the same time. You can't have all these plates spinning by yourself and expect to stay successful for long; you need to delegate some of these tasks to lower management.
See also: amount, have, plate, spinning

keep (an amount of) plates spinning

To ensure that a number of different activities are progressing as they should; to deal with or oversee a several different things at once. Rather than focusing on a single project, Tara prefers to keep a number of plates spinning at once. I'm not surprised he's so burnt out—he was keeping way too many plates spinning at the same time. You can't keep all these plates spinning by yourself and expect to stay successful for long; you need to delegate some of these tasks to lower management.
See also: amount, keep, plate, spinning

keep (an amount of) balls in the air

To ensure that a number of different activities are progressing as they should; to deal with or oversee a several different things at once. Rather than focusing on a single project, Tara prefers to keep a number of balls in the air at once. I'm not surprised he's so burnt out—he was keeping way too many balls in the air at the same time. You can't keep all these balls in the air and expect to stay successful for long; you need to delegate some of these tasks to lower management.
See also: air, amount, ball, keep

(a) gracious plenty

 and an elegant sufficiency
Euph. enough (food). No more, thanks. I have a gracious plenty on my plate. At Thanksgiving, we always have an elegant sufficiency and are mighty thankful for it.
See also: gracious, plenty

plenty of something

lots of something; an abundance of something; enough of something. I have plenty of candy. Do you want some? This project is giving me plenty of trouble.
See also: of, plenty

There are plenty of (other) fish in the sea.

Fig. There are other choices. (Used to refer to persons.) When John broke up with Ann, I told her not to worry. There are plenty of other fish in the sea. It's too bad that your secretary quit, but there are plenty of other fish in the sea.
See also: fish, of, plenty, sea, there

not the only fish in the sea

Also, lots or plenty of good fish in the sea ; not the only pebble on the beach. Plenty of other suitable persons, especially for a romantic relationship. For example, When Bob walked out on Sally, all we could tell her was that he was not the only fish in the sea , or Bill knew she wasn't the only pebble on the beach but he was determined to win her over . Both fish and pebble here refer to something available in large quantities. The expressions using fish have been used to comfort jilted lovers since the early 1500s. The variant using pebble was first recorded in a poem of 1896 by Henry Braistead: "If you want to win her hand Let the maiden understand That she's not the only pebble on the beach."
See also: fish, not, sea

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there are plenty more fish in the sea

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there are other fish in the sea

1. If you tell someone that there are plenty more fish in the sea or there are other fish in the sea, you mean that there are many other people they could have a relationship with. Tell him there are plenty more fish in the sea and he's sure to find the perfect woman. If your daughter is upset because her boyfriend left her, declaring cheerfully `There are other fish in the sea' won't help. Note: This expression is sometimes varied. Remember that there are many more fish in the sea.
2. If you say there are plenty more fish in the sea or there are other fish in the sea, you mean there are other opportunities that can be taken. In the case of the motor industry, there really are other fish in the sea. Note: This expression is sometimes varied. The government says there aren't enough fish in the sea to sustain current levels of employment.
See also: fish, more, plenty, sea, there

there are plenty more fish in the sea

used to console someone whose romantic relationship has ended by pointing out that there are many other people with whom they may have a successful relationship in the future.
This expression alludes to the proverb there are as good fish in the sea as ever came out of it .
See also: fish, more, plenty, sea, there

there are plenty/lots more fish in the ˈsea

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there are (plenty of) other fish in the ˈsea

(informal) there are many other people or things that are as good as the one somebody has failed to get: ‘I’ll never love anyone as much again.’ ‘Look, Julie, there are lots more fish in the sea, you know.’
See also: fish, lot, more, plenty, sea, there
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