Bed Of Roses

Also:

No bed of Roses
Not a bed of roses

Meaning of Idiom ‘Bed of Roses’

A situation or activity that is a bed or roses is comfortable, easy, luxurious, etc. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. 2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. 3Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.


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Usage

Bed of roses is most often used in the negative as in “being unemployed is no bed of roses.” The idiom is applied to situations, jobs, life, etc.

Examples of Use

“I know this place is no bed of roses, but it’s all we can afford right now.”

“Being an exterminator is no bed of roses, but it’s steady work.”

Bed of roses idiom meaning

Origin

A bed or roses, literally, is a planting of roses and has been used figuratively to allude to a luxurious place to rest since the 1600’s.

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
2. Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.
3. Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.