honeymoon period

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honeymoon period (plural honeymoon periods)

  1. A relatively brief period when a new leader is given greater leeway with respect to changes he or she wishes to make.
    U.S. Presidents usually get a lot done at the very beginning of their terms, when they have a honeymoon period with Congress.
  2. (finance) A relatively brief period when a new loan has a low introductory interest rate that features prominently in advertising.
  3. The length of time at the start of something new, particularly a new job, in which mistakes may be overlooked.
    He said that, had it not still been my honeymoon period, I would have been fired.
  4. The early part of an intimate relationship, in which the couple are infatuated with each other.