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Topic: TOOLS

Language: Old English
Origin: Latin rosa

rose

1 noun
     
rose
rose1 S3 W3
1

flower

[countable]HBPDLG a flower that often has a pleasant smell, and is usually red, pink, white, or yellow, or the bush that this flower grows on:
a dozen red roses
A large bouquet of roses arrived on her desk.
2

colour

[uncountable]CC a pink colour
3

something is not a bed of roses

also something is not all roses British English informal if a job or situation is not a bed of roses, it is not always pleasant and there are difficult things to deal with:
It's no bed of roses teaching in a secondary school.
4

put the roses back in somebody's cheeks

British English informal to make someone look healthy again
5

be coming up roses

informal to be happening or developing in the best possible way
6

come out of something/come up smelling of roses

informal to do well or get an advantage from a situation, when you could have been blamed, criticized, or harmed by it:
She managed to come out of the deal smelling of roses.
7

for water

[countable] British EnglishDLGTZ a circular piece of metal with holes in it that is attached to the end of a pipe or watering can so that liquid comes out in several thin streams
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