forbidden fruit

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - forbidden fruit

"forbidden fruit"

something enjoyable that you want that becomes more desirable because it is illicit, illegal or unobtainable


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - forbidden fruit

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Why don't we just adapt some of the features of our competitor's product to our needs?

Colleague 2:  Because the boss has declared that process as forbidden fruit. The boss wants our designs to be completely unique in the marketplace.

Colleague 1:  But it would save so much time and be so much easier to just adapt other designs.

Colleague 2:  Nevertheless, if you want to keep your job, come up with something unique.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - forbidden fruit

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You really should stop staring at your best friend's girlfriend.

Friend 2:  But she is so very beautiful and alluring and I really want her.

Friend 1:  But you know she is forbidden fruit. There is no way that you can risk a twenty-year friendship over a woman.

Friend 2:  You are right. And, besides, she probably just seems more desirable because she is unobtainable.

forbidden fruit - Usage:


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forbidden fruit - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for forbidden fruit.

forbidden fruit - Examples:

1)  It was knowledge gained from eating the forbidden fruit that led to the loss of innocence.

2)  ... receive candy while they are given something else? Candy will become the "forbidden fruit." It will become even more desirable to these children because they ...

3)  Making it illegal to drink until 21 just increases the desire for the 'forbidden fruit.' Then, when teens turn 21, they'll drink even more.

4)  The term "forbidden fruit" is most closely related to intimate sexual immorality. 

5)  ... attracted to the imagery. The clandestine has always attracted people, just as the forbidden fruit has.

6)  "You make me curious about you, you're the forbidden fruit that can't be touched." "I got seduced by the forbidden ...

7)  ... once a week seemed appealing, so I began implementing that. Eating the forbidden fruit (or, cake and pizza, more accurately) wasn't nearly as ...

8)  ... that crash; and how shareholder demand for profit forced investment executives to eat the forbidden fruit of toxic derivatives. 

9)  I think that for people, especially in America, they make it like the forbidden fruit, but that only makes kids more curious. 

10)  ... the transgression of eating the forbidden fruit, --was committed by persons who were already wicked. 

11)  ... principally because I wasn't allowed to, no doubt, another instance of forbidden fruit! Once a year, on Sacrament Sunday, I was permitted to go ...

12)  He's considered the "help," which is forbidden fruit as far as her father is concerned, not to mention that ...

13)  Content Farms were only guilty to make a buck on content, which is the forbidden fruit. Not fair they were the only ones in the spotlight.

14)  Perhaps it even entices with its allure of forbidden fruit. A more pragmatic approach to the reality of marijuana use in our ...

15)  It was something like an initiation into the social world, a taste of forbidden fruit. And as he put his hand on the door-knob to go in, ...

16)  ... have been almost no significant breakthroughs in physics since 1945 when physicists' ate the forbidden fruit of working for the military while being given huge amounts of public money.

17)  An Italian film originally banned in the UK, Killer Nun became the forbidden fruit of video nasties due its scenes of nuns engaging in sexual activities and its ...

18)  ... those sites would be blocked? By doing that, we sometimes make it the forbidden fruit

19)  ... a promise that is only for those who dare to reach out and take the forbidden fruit.

20)  But like the seemingly innocuous white lie, the pleasure of sampling forbidden fruit is more serious than it first appears. Through repetition, it gradually makes ...