bloom is off the rose

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bloom is off the rose

  1. (idiomatic) The person, object, or situation identified in the context has lost its novelty, freshness, appeal, or acceptability.
    • 1921, John Galsworthy, chapter 9, in The Forsyte Saga, Part III:
      The matter was clear as daylight, and would be disposed of in half an hour or so; but during that half-hour he, Soames, would go down to hell; and after that half-hour all bearers of the Forsyte name would feel the bloom was off the rose.
    • 1990 April 8, Sheila Rule, "The World: Quite Enough of Thatcher, or Just a Cyclical Setback?," New York Times (retrieved 8 Jan 2012):
      "Thatcher's style, her arrogance, her kind of assertiveness, have suddenly gone out of fashion," said Ralph Miliband. . . . Outside of Britain, too, the bloom is off the rose. Mrs. Thatcher had a warm relationship with President Ronald Reagan, but her standing with President Bush is less certain.
    • 2007 Feb. 15, Barbara Kiviat, "10 Questions for Carl Icahn," Time:
      The bloom is off the rose concerning the imperial CEO. Finally shareholders are becoming incensed by these reprehensible bonuses and severance packages.
  2. (idiomatic, business, economics) Business is not going well for a particular identified firm or industry, or the overall economy has taken a downturn.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Many variations exist in which another term is substituted for rose. Some examples:
  • 1905, Andrew Lang, "The Puzzle of Dickens's Last Plot":
    [ S]he and Edwin are on uncomfortable terms: she does not love him, while he perhaps does love her, but is annoyed by her manner, and by the gossip about their betrothal. "The bloom is off the plum" of their prearranged loves, he says.
  • 1971 Dec. 15, Vernon Scott, "New Breed of Film Stars Taking Over For ‘Matrons’,", Pittsburgh Press (retrieved 8 Jan 2012):
    Brigitte Bardot, Requel Welch, Sophia Loren and Shirley MacLaine . . . may be splendid actresses or sex symbols but the bloom is off the peach.