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the prodigal son

One who has returned after spending time away doing or pursuing something that was not condoned by the family or organization they had left, and who is now repentant for their actions. The phrase comes from a parable in the Bible about a son who leaves his father to seek his fortune and returns humbled. Well, looky here, the prodigal son has returned. Guess you didn't like that fancy new company that poached you last year.
See also: prodigal, son

prodigal son

a person who leaves home to lead a spendthrift and extravagant way of life but later makes a repentant return.
The biblical parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15: 11–32 tells the story of the spendthrift younger son of a wealthy man who leaves home and wastes all his money. When he repents of his extravagant ways and returns home, he is joyfully welcomed back by his father. See also kill the fatted calf (at fatted).
See also: prodigal, son

a/the prodigal ˈson

(formal, disapproving or humorous) a person who leaves home as a young man and wastes his money and time on a life of pleasure, but who is later sorry about this and returns to his family: All the family went to the airport to welcome home the prodigal son.This expression comes from a story in the Bible.
See also: prodigal, son
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He and the Belcea Quartet revelled in the prodigality of Dvorak's melodies, their ingenious disguises and returns and the wonderful exuberance of the rollicking finale.
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Fourth Circle: Avarice and Prodigality. Dante placed the clergymen, popes, and cardinals who hoard possessions or squander them in this circle.
In his close reading of the six sonnets of the tenzone in Chapter 2, Alfie brings to light themes which were also prominent in Rustico's verse: the purposeful mingling of sexual and political insults and the close ties between drunkenness, prodigality, and poverty.
DONCASTER: 1.40 Singersongwriter, 2.10 The Lark, 2.40 Fat Gary, 3.15 PRODIGALITY (NAP), 3.50 Livery, 4.25 Aegaeus, 5.00 Hydrant, 5.30 Yojimbo.
PRODIGALITY CAN make a triumphant return to Doncaster in the Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of Year Handicap.
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The 5-2 favourite Prodigality came flying on the near side and was just a short head down at the line - but many lengths clear of those on the same part of the course.
Structurally, the work is divided into six chapters: I, "The Myth of the Golden Age"; II, "The Figure of Saturn in Dante's Divine Comedy"; III, "Dante's Search for the Golden Age: Avarice and Justice"; IV, "Henry VII and the Dream of a new Golden Age"; V, "The Medusa as Cupiditas"; and, VI, "Avarice and Prodigality among the Suicides." The monograph, as is evident from the table of contents, focuses chiefly on the myth of Saturn, the God who is associated with the Golden Age.
Prodigality posted a taking performance when winning on his all-weather bow and can double up in the Racing At Handicap.
Economically they prefer the European fiscal discipline, reasoning that American prodigality will shift much burden of adjustment onto them.
He gave strict directives to ministries and government departments to cut their "excessive lavishness and prodigality".
His attitude speaks of the prodigality of European exploitation in a victimized society.
BOB LOWE, Tenby DOES Sandwell Council's prodigality know no bounds?
Hadreas (2002) observes that Aristotle's philosophy of wealth is consistent with this theme, since it interprets sound financial management as exercising the mean of "liberality" be tween the extremes of "prodigality" and "meanness." This mean consists of a practical lifestyle, an avoidance of extremes, a moderation of pleasure, and a moral education to discipline feelings.