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be the spice of life

To be that which makes life interesting, exciting, enjoyable, or worthwhile. From the proverb "variety is the spice of life," meaning that having many different experiences is what makes life interesting. My witty friend likes to say that sarcasm is the spice of life for her. In romantic fiction, however, misunderstandings and mishaps are the spice of life!
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hunger is the best spice

Food tastes better when one is hungry. Don't worry too much about what to feed the hikers. Hunger is the best spice, and they're going to love whatever you serve them.
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spice

slang Any herbal mixture laced with one or more synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic drugs that produce psychological and physiological effects similar to cannabis when smoked or ingested. A: "Relax man, it isn't weed—it's just a bit of spice." B: "Yeah, even worse! How the hell do you even know what they put in that stuff?"

spice up

1. To add some ingredient to food or drink in order to make it spicier. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "spice" and "up." Some red chilis would really help spice up this pasta. I like to spice my eggs up with hot sauce.
2. To make something more interesting, exciting, tantalizing, or sexy. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "spice" and "up." Please refrain from spicing up your reports with such colorful language—stick to the facts, if you don't mind. Why don't we spice the trip up a little with some skydiving? When you've been married for this long, you start having to find creative ways to spice up your sex life.
See also: spice, up

variety is the spice of life

Having many different experiences is what makes life interesting, exciting, enjoyable, or worthwhile. I think everyone should travel the world. Variety is the spice of life, after all! You should really start trying new foods instead of eating the same thing all the time. Variety is the spice of life.
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spice something up

 
1. Lit. to make some food or drink more spicy. Judy spiced the cider up by adding cinnamon and nutmeg. she spiced up the chili too much.
2. Fig. to make something more interesting, lively, or sexy. I'm afraid that the nude scenes spiced the musical up too much. some people walked out. Judy liked to spice her lectures up by telling jokes. she spiced up each lecture with a joke. They spiced up the play too much.
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Variety is the spice of life.

Prov. Cliché You should try many different kinds of experiences, because trying different things keeps life interesting. I know we usually spend our summer vacation camping out, but I think we should try something different this year. Variety is the spice of life.
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variety is the spice of life

Diversity makes life interesting, as in Jim dates a different girl every week-variety is the spice of life, he claims. This phrase comes from William Cowper's poem, "The Task" (1785): "Variety is the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor."
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variety is the spice of life

People say that variety is the spice of life, to mean that doing and seeing a lot of different things makes life more enjoyable and interesting. Families have discovered that variety is the spice of life and are switching to adventurous meals like curries, tacos and Chinese food. It is important to vary the training program so that boredom is avoided. Exercise should be fun and variety is the spice of life.
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variety is the spice of life

new and exciting experiences make life more interesting.
This proverbial expression comes from William Cowper 's poem ‘The Task’ ( 1785 ): ‘Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour’.
See also: life, of, spice, variety

variety is the spice of ˈlife

(saying) a variety of different activities, interests, places or people in your life makes it more enjoyable: We never go on holiday to the same place twice. It’s good to see different things, and you know what they say — variety is the spice of life.
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spice up

v.
1. To make something spicy or spicier: The cook spiced up the chili with some peppers. I added some pepper to the sauce in order to spice it up.
2. To make something exciting or more exciting: We spiced up the party by playing some games. That necklace really spices your outfit up.
See also: spice, up

variety is the spice of life

Diversity keeps life interesting. This phrase comes from William Cowper’s poem “The Task” (1785): “Variety is the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour.” It became so well known that numerous writers punned on it: for example, “Variety is the spice of love” (Helen Rowland, Sayings of Mrs. Solomon, 1913), and “Variety is the vice of wives” (Phyllis McGinley, Much Ado about Nothing, 1940).
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Schleeper compares the gourmet spice shopper in many ways to the wine connoisseur.
One gram of Spanish saffron, the most expensive spice on the market, costs $6 at Savory, compared to $7.69 at Whole Foods and $14.99 at Safeway.
Have the spices in your cabinet celebrated more birthdays than your grown children?
Contacts: The Spice Shop, 1 Blenheim Crescent, London W11 2EE 020 7221 4448 www.the spiceshop.co.uk
Dianna Lee is co-owner of the Spice of Life Stall Market in the Grove Arcade in Asheville, which offers medicinal herbs and fine teas.
For the spice bread, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and liberally coat the inside of a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with 1/4 cup softened butter.
Macy's East recently gave the spice category more presence when the retailer rolled out one of the most significant displays of Oxo products in the country and placed Oxo's new Grind-It spice grinder line at center stage.
There is a trend for greater processing and packaging of spices in the developing countries.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use on spices in 1983, irradiation exposes spices to up to a million rads of ionizing radiation--the equivalent of one billion chest X-rays (the highest amounts allowed for any food).
Key companies profiled in the report include McCormick & Company, Inc., Organic Spices, Inc., UK Blending Ltd., Pacific Spice Company, Inc., Ramon Sabater S.A.U., SunOpta, Inc., Spice Chain Corporation, Monterey Bay Spice Company, Sensient Technologies Corporation and Unilever PLC.
PFA DG underlined that substandard and expired spices cause several stomach and intestine diseases.
Of the 514 companies, 375 licences were issued for 'Trading of spices', 132 for 'Packaging of spices', and seven for 'Preparation of sauce and spices'.
The number of investors in the spices sector stands at 2,642 including 2,497 businessmen and 145 businesswomen.
Summary: Fact.MR states that the global dried spices market is expected to reflect a CAGR of 3.2% over the forecast period, 2017-2026.
SOME COMMONLY used cooking spices may also be sources of lead exposure, a new study finds.