salad days

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - salad days

"salad days"

1) the time when you were young and had little experience

2) the peak or most prosperous, successful time of something


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - salad days

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: The office has become so shabby and rundown. Do you remember when the company had a lot of money and profit potential seemed unlimited? We had huge expense accounts and were given luxury vacations every year. I can't remember the last time the company even bought us lunch.

Colleague 2: Yes. I remember the salad days when there was a lot of money floating around and things were really good.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - salad days

A couple are talking ...

Wife: Do you remember our salad days? We used to go out every weekend and have adventures and fun. Now we just stay home and watch TV and do chores.

Husband: Yes, we had a lot of energy when we were in our twenties. It was fun back then but I am happy with a quieter life now.

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salad days - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for salad days.

salad days - Examples:

1)  ... and in Robert Menzies' metaphoric salad days did dominate the competition.

2)  ... have been models and he, himself, was often complimented in his 60s salad days on his girlish good looks.

3)  ... growing an additional seven percentage-points from 2005 (70%), the salad days of robust annual growth for broadband penetration may soon be coming to an end.

4)  During the recent salad days of the federal public service, which grew almost 40% between 2000 and 2010 ...

5)  ... there will be plenty of stock pundits promoting it but the bears know that the salad days of Apple are probably over.

6)  I consider myself to be a late bloomer because I missed the salad days for recorded music sales. The digital revolution had already started when I launched ...

7)  Members of the group were messing with more than mere tobacco in their salad days, however. Jagger & Richards in the Riviera in 1971.

8)  ... just remembered a lovely picnic he had with a lover, back in his salad days.

9)  There's also the issue of competition - Western firms have enjoyed salad days since the Cold War as the Russian companies have struggled to keep up.

10)  ... as old as Antony and Cleopatra. Shakespeare's grizzled lovers, long past their salad days, have an emotional complexity that leaves Romeo and Juliet in the shade.

11)  It had been she, after all, who had been there throughout his own salad days, days for which he will be forever remembered.

12)  ... or retraction of the agreement - impossible. Salad days - youthful, inexperienced times (looked back on with some fondness) -

13)  But behind every laugh is a sigh for the lost salad days of journalism and for the traditional journalist.

14)  Ayn Rand in terms of nostalgia, as a recollection of their younger, perhaps salad days.

15)  ... that the ESA and Japan's best efforts towards manned spacecraft took place in the salad days of the late 80s and early 90s.

16)  But once that money starts to get withdrawn, the salad days will be over.

17)  ... viewed as compounding over 20 years, then the trade certainly has grown) Salad days: when and why business was good.

18)  ... he looks tired, deep furrows in his brows, poignantly trying to visualize his salad days in the distant past.

19)  Salad days: Your salad days are an especially happy period of your life. 

20)  My association with Kotin goes back to our salad days when both of us were young Immigration Officers.