come up roses

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to come up roses (third-person singular simple present comes up roses, present participle coming up roses, simple past came up roses, past participle come up roses)

  1. (idiomatic) To enter into a condition or situation which is favorable; to develop in a pleasing or advantageous manner.
    • 1978, Hubert Selby, Requiem for a Dream, ISBN 9781560252481, p. 127:
      All of a sudden, or so it seemed, the world had turned around and they were coming up roses. Now, instead of the bottle being half empty it was suddenly half full, and getting closer and closer to the top.
    • 1985, Stephen Longstreet, Our Father's House, ISBN 9780399130298, p. 233:
      "Buck up, mister. Why, with your background, your knowledge, you'll come up roses."
    • 2006, Suzanne Finstad, Warren Beatty: A Private Man, ISBN 9780307345295, p. 221:
      [E]verything came up roses for Warren Beatty. The all-important New York Times review by Brooks Atkinson called him "earnest and attractive".

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