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  • it is romantic.

    111 3.46%
  • it is easy.

    153 4.77%
  • it is not romantic.

    760 23.68%
  • it is difficult.

    2,186 68.10%
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    Re: No bed of roses

    yes it means somthing difficult

    it is good idom

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    Re: No bed of roses

    bed of roses
    [often with negative] used in reference to a situation or activity that is comfortable or easy farming is no bed of roses

    "bed of roses" - it's easy life
    "no bed of roses" - it's difficult.

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    Re: No bed of roses

    Another idiom I was sure I was right about.
    We have got the same in Pakistan in Urdu -- phoolon ki saij -- literally it means 'bed of flowers' but the actual idea, I believe, is of 'roses'. In my opinion. this is one of idioms which was translated directly from English. (If obviously it is not present in the language before British Raaj in India, of which I am not sure.)

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    Re: No bed of roses

    As " a bed of roses" means any easy task, or easy place, as roses are really soft and comfortable to sleep or sit on (hehe), so, no bed of roses would be difficult and uneasy

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    Smile Re: No bed of roses

    Quote Originally Posted by theeexcellence View Post
    Another idiom I was sure I was right about.
    We have got the same in Pakistan in Urdu -- phoolon ki saij -- literally it means 'bed of flowers' but the actual idea, I believe, is of 'roses'. In my opinion. this is one of idioms which was translated directly from English. (If obviously it is not present in the language before British Raaj in India, of which I am not sure.)
    you are right, phoolon ki saij means just the same, but i dont think it is translated, as we have many other idioms in urdu that mean just the same in english- like "fish out of water" in english is "mahi bay aab " in urdu...

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    Re: No bed of roses

    i agree with you

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    Re: No bed of roses

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Check your answer here
    Life is not a bed of roses
    and,

    Life
    is like a candle in the wind;
    like frost on the roof;
    like the wriggling of the fish in the pan
    but,

    Life
    is what you make it.

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    Re: No bed of roses

    we have one like this

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    Re: No bed of roses

    How beautiful. I always thought that it is a pure Arabian expression! What an unexpected surprise.

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    Re: No bed of roses

    I understand the meaning of it. But I've always had a problems with it thinking of the thorns. Unless it only refers to petals or is purely symbolic, of course.

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