salad days

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Coined by William Shakespeare, in Anthony and Cleopatra, act 1, scene 5:[1]

My salad days, when I was green in judgment.


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salad days pl ‎(plural only)

  1. A period of inexperienced youthful innocence accompanied by enthusiasm and idealism.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, “XX”, in Jeeves in the Offing:
      “I'll bet he was swiping things as a small boy.” “Only biscuits.” “I beg your pardon?” “Or crackers you would call them, wouldn't you? He was telling me he occasionally pinched a cracker or two in his salad days.”

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  1. ^ Jack, Albert (2005). Red herrings and white elephants: the origins of the phrases we use everyday. HarperCollins. page 44. ISBN 978-0-06-084337-3. “The phrase is a simple one with a simple origin provided, once again, by Shakespeare.”