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rude slang A disparaging term for a homosexual man (as is "fruit").
in (one's) salad days
In a youthful, carefree time of innocence and inexperience. The phrase comes from a line in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra: "My salad days, when I was green in judgment, cold in blood." Ah, to be in love in one's salad days—such blissful and carefree times. Whenever I ask my grandfather the meaning of a word I hear on TV, he always laughs and says he'll tell me when I'm no longer in my salad days.
A youthful, carefree time of innocence and inexperience. The phrase comes from a line in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra: "My salad days, when I was green in judgment, cold in blood." Ah, to be in love in your salad days—such blissful and carefree times! Whenever I ask my grandfather the meaning of a word I hear on TV, he always laughs and says he'll tell me when I'm no longer in my salad days.
A carefree time of youthful innocence, ingenuousness, and inexperience. A variant of the more common term "salad days," which comes from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. I thought that I had experienced true romantic love back in my salad years, before I graduated. Now, however, I think love is largely an elaborate delusion. Whenever I ask my grandfather the meaning of a word I hear on TV, he always laughs and says he'll tell me when I'm no longer in my salad years.
1. Literally, to mix various ingredients together to create a salad. Modifiers and articles ("the" and "a/an") are often used between "toss" and "salad." I like to chop up a bunch of ingredients at the beginning of the week and keep them in the fridge. That way it's really quick and easy to toss a nice salad before dinner each night. A: "How can I help to get dinner ready?" B: "Let's see. John's tossing some salad, so maybe you could set the table?"
2. vulgar slang To engage in anilingus—that is, to orally stimulate someone's anus to provide sexual gratification. A possessive pronoun can be used between "toss" and "salad."
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
in one's salad days
Fig. in one's youth. (Usually formal or literary. Comparing the greenness of a salad with the greenness, or freshness and inexperience, of youth.) I recall the joys I experienced on school vacations in my salad days. In our salad days, we were apt to get into all sorts of mischief on the weekends.
toss a salad
to mix various salad ingredients together. The chef tossed the salad. I tossed the salad just before my guests arrived.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The time of youth, innocence, and inexperience, as in Back in our salad days we went anywhere at night, never thinking about whether it was safe or not . This expression, alluding to the greenness of inexperience, was probably invented by Shakespeare in Antony and Cleopatra (1:5), when Cleopatra, now enamored of Antony, speaks of her early admiration for Julius Caesar as foolish: "My salad days, when I was green in judgment, cold in blood."
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
your salad daysLITERARY
If you talk about your salad days, you mean the time when you were young and had little experience. The Grand Hotel did not seem to have changed since her salad days. Note: This is a quotation from Shakespeare's `Antony and Cleopatra' (Act 1, Scene 5), when Cleopatra is talking about her youth: `My salad days, When I was green in judgment'.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
your salad days1 the period when you are young and inexperienced. 2 the peak or heyday of something.
This is a quotation from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Cleopatra is commenting on her previous relationship with Julius Caesar: ‘My salad days, When I was green in judgement, cold in blood To say as I said then!’
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
your ˈsalad days(old-fashioned) the time when you are young and do not have much experience of life: Back in my salad days my friends and I used to go dancing every Saturday night.This comes from Shakespeare’s play Antony and Cleopatra.
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salad days, one's
Inexperienced youth, when one is still very green (i.e., unripe). The term comes from Shakespeare, who probably coined it: “My salad days, when I was green in judgement: cold in blood” (Antony and Cleopatra, 1.5).
See also: salad
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
A time of youthful inexperience and carefree pleasures, usually looked back on with nostalgia. The phrase came from Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra, in which the Queen of the Nile reflected on “My salad days / When I was green in judgment: cold in blood . . .”
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price