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all sweetness and light

Kind and agreeable. Susan's all sweetness and light, I'm sure she's not mad at you.
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be all sweetness and light

To be kind and agreeable. Susan's all sweetness and light, I'm sure she's not mad at you.
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(all) sweetness and light

1. Of a person, particularly pleasant, amiable, or magnanimous, especially to an ostentatious or exaggerated degree. That's just toddlers for you—horrible temper tantrums one moment, sweetness and light the next. She's all sweetness and light most of the time, so it's really surprising when she makes such nasty remarks.
2. Of a situation, particularly pleasant, enjoyable, or appealing. Often used in negative constructions. Anyone expecting the project to be sweetness and light from beginning to end is naïve. I know it seems like they have the perfect marriage, but it's not all sweetness and light behind closed doors.
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all sweetness and light

Cliché very kind, innocent, and helpful. She was mad at first, but after a while, she was all sweetness and light. At the reception, the whole family was all sweetness and light, but they argued and fought after the guests left.
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sweetness and light

Ostentatious amiability and friendliness, as in One day she has a temper tantrum, the next day she's all sweetness and light. This phrase was coined by Jonathan Swift in his Battle of the Books (1704), where it referred literally to the products of bees: honey and light from beeswax candles. But in Matthew Arnold's Culture and Anarchy (1869), the term meant "beauty and intelligence." In the 20th century, however, it was applied to personal qualities of friendliness and courtesy and to the general pleasantness of a situation, as in Working with him isn't all sweetness and light, you know. Today it is generally used ironically, indicating lack of trust in a person's seeming friendliness or for a difficult situation.
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sweetness and light


all sweetness and light

1. If a person is sweetness and light or all sweetness and light, they are very polite and pleasant, often when they are not usually like this. She was sweetness and light, showing everyone what a proper young lady she was. I used to be all sweetness and light on the outside, but inside I would be boiling with rage.
2. If a situation is sweetness and light or all sweetness and light, it is happy and pleasant. He is not suggesting that all is sweetness and light in the area. Note: You can say that a situation is not all sweetness and light to mean that it is unpleasant or has problems. It has not all been sweetness and light between him and the Prime Minister.
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sweetness and light

1 social or political harmony. 2 a reasonable and peaceable person.
This is a phrase used by Jonathan Swift in The Battle of the Books ( 1704 ) and taken up by Matthew Arnold in Culture and Anarchy ( 1869 ): ‘The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light’.
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be all ˌsweetness and ˈlight

1 (of a person) be pleasant, friendly and polite: She’s all sweetness and light as long as you’re doing what she wants.
2 (of a situation) be enjoyable and easy to deal with: Their quarrel seems to be over. Everything’s all sweetness and light at the moment.
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His point, of course, is that nobody really hates sweetness.
Perceived sweetness and sourness were also impacted by the sucrose-fructose interaction, and in the case of sweetness, by the interaction of sucrose, fructose and glucose.
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There is a good sweetness to it, and it's very soft on the palate.
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Retired teacher Maria Dismondy presents Spoonful of Sweetness and Other Delicious Manners, a board book about simple ways in which even babies and toddlers can share positive virtues and feelings.
The women tasted several vanilla puddings containing varying amounts of fat and were asked to rate them for sweetness and creaminess, a measure of fat content.
The five crackers in the line include: Original Multi-Grain, made using the same grains and slight sweetness found in Milton's Craft Bakers famous Original Multi-Grain bread; Blueberry Multi-Grain, containing organic wheat and oats along with real, wild, organic blueberries; Honey Multi-Grain; Chocolate Multi-Grain containing organic chocolate and organic honey; and Honey & Corn, with a taste reminiscent of sweet, buttery cornbread.
What's more, the cells that did respond to sweetness reacted relatively weakly.
All of these dates have slightly different nutritional properties and vary in size, colour, thickness, softness, and sweetness.
Tate & Lyle, the global ingredients and food solutions provider, introduces Tasteva[TM], a great tasting stevia sweetener that provides zero-calorie sweetness in use.
Sweetness is detected by a specific receptor protein (what we commonly refer to as a 'taste bud') in the tongue.
As a rough rule of tongue, animals that have lost the power to taste sweetness tend to be specialized meat-eaters.