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    meaning of idiom - roses always work

    I was asked the meaning of this idiom = roses always work.
    Could not find the meaning elsewhere.
    Please help.

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    Re: meaning of idiom - roses always work

    Welcom to the forum, Wukon.

    Are you sure that "Roses always work" is an idiom? Because I did not find something about this phrase. There are several idioms about rose, you can check them there The Free Dictionary - Rose. I do not think that is an idiom, because I have never heard it.

    I think the teachers would be glad to see a full context where you have seen it.
    I am not a native speaker.

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    Re: meaning of idiom - roses always work

    Quote Originally Posted by Wukon View Post
    I was asked the meaning of this idiom = roses always work.
    Could not find the meaning elsewhere.
    Please help.

    Thanks, Best Regards

    Wukon
    Welcome to the forum.

    I've never heard of it. Where did you see it? Are you sure all the words are correct?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: meaning of idiom - roses always work

    Hello, Wukon.
    Welcome to UsingEnglish.com.

    I agree with Nickle that we'll need context to know what "roses always work" means.
    I don't think it's an idiom, either. I think it's just a sentence ((Edit), which should be taken literally.) - Thank you, MikeNewYork.

    In your sentence, 'to work' means "to have the intended effect or result": Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

    So, I think it basically means "Roses are (/Giving roses is) effective on every occasion(, for example, Mother's Day or your girlfriend's/wife's birthday etc)".

    I hope I'm not talking nonsense.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 22-Jul-2013 at 07:07.

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    Re: meaning of idiom - roses always work

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, Wukon.
    Welcome to UsingEnglish.com.

    I agree with Nickle that we'll need context to know what "roses always work" means.
    I don't think it's an idiom, either. I think it's just a sentence.

    In your sentence, 'to work' means "to have the intended effect or result": Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

    So, I think it basically means "Roses are effective on every occasion(, for example, Mother's Day or your girlfriend's/wife's birthday etc)".

    I hope I'm not talking nonsense.
    I agree with your interpretation. This is not an idiom, it is literal.

    A: My girlfriend is mad at me. What can I do?
    B: Roses always work.

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