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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.
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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).
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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.
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Her first quatrain, with its flowers and song, recalls Wordsworth's lines, "With ripening harvest prodigally fair, / In brightest sunshine bask." Just as Wordsworth introduces "this nipping frost," Barrett's speaker explains how "decay has met [her flowers]." The poems thus resemble each other in terms of their initial structures.
(5.) Cardozo once delivered a commencement address in which he stated: "The submergence of self in the pursuit of an ideal, the readiness to spend oneself without measure, prodigally, almost ecstatically, for something intuitively apprehended as great and noble, spend oneself one knows not why--some of us like to believe that is what religion means." (p.
The great question of the modem world, "about which hangs a true sublimity, and the terror of overhanging fate, is what are you going to do?"(108) The answer to this question is found in accepting the fact of choice, and then choosing, as did Brahe, "[t]he submergence of self in the pursuit of an ideal, the readiness to spend oneself without measure, prodigally, almost ecstatically, for something intuitively apprehended as great and noble, spend oneself one knows not why.(109) Such a life will not be easy, nor happy; indeed, there will be "mockery and temptation" from those who give pride of place to temporal pleasure.(110) Moreover, one can never know that one has in fact spent one's life in the service of a meaningful cause.
Analogously, many peoples have used energy, often prodigally, to control land and indigenous races.
Prodigally, Eric Ormsby has spurned that advice, electing in many instances to use the ten-dollar word where the bargain one might do.
The one who promised God's wrath on those who do not keep his Commandments is the same who taught that God is a father who loves his children prodigally and without condition.
From the Soviet side, all the declassified information made available to date confirms that the perceived strategic interests of the rulers of the United States (and not Stalin's expansionist aims) were the driving force squandering the opportunity to build a united demilitarized Germany in the heart of Europe, avoid the postwar division of the continent, and prevent a prodigally wasteful arms race.
prodigally mis-spend them in banquetting and belly-cheare .
On a virgin continent, people could be free, prodigally free, to pursue their individual ends and celebrate their achievements.
To even hint at the contrary disgusts us and is a grave injustice to an ACM volunteer who has given freely and prodigally of his time.
(A large party of very tardy grown-ups, in fact, were, against Met policy, ushered to their seats midway in Act I--shame on you, whoever condoned this!) I'm a fan of last performances, and this one, too, had that extra dose of let s-let-loose spontaneity that I associate with its ilk, everyone giving prodigally of his or her best, with Antony Walker proving an amiably neat and fleet Rossinian in the pit.
Modigliani retained control of his drawings (some of which were among his best works) which he continued to give prodigally away or to sell for five francs or a drink or two in the cafes of Montparnasse.
Petersburg, first as a dancer (1847) and then as a prodigally productive choreographer of over fifty ballets, between 1855 and 1903.
Could find commodious place for every God, Promptly received, as prodigally brought From the surrounding countries, at the choice Of all adventurers.
From the Nevilles' mix of reverence, disappointment and humor as they unfolded tales of his preternatural musical insights and recurrent bouts of mental instability, far-reaching talent and self-destructiveness, it was clear that for them, as for so many New Orleans types, Booker represented one of the fullest flowerings of the prodigally lush garden of delights that grows in the Big Easy.