noun (used with a plural verb)
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Example sentences from the Web for salad days
A few days later, Bush replied, “We will uphold the law in Florida.”
Many of those who have become cops in New York seem to have ceased to address such minor offenses over the past few days.
Their immediate response tells an important truth about a police slowdown that has spread throughout New York City in recent days.
Some refugees wait for days on the ships before setting sail.
In Sweden parents can use those days up until the child turns 12.
In nine days he returned, bringing us the thanks of congress, and fresh orders.
Now-a-days it is the bankrupt who flouts, and his too confiding creditors who are jeered and laughed at.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Fatigue he never knew, and on one occasion he was said to have spent thirteen days and nights in the saddle.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
In the close relation and affection of these last days, the sense of alienation and antagonism faded from both their hearts.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
In the time when thou shalt end the days of thy life, and in the time of thy decease, distribute thy inheritance.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
British Dictionary definitions for salad days
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Cultural definitions for salad days
A time of youth and inexperience; often, a better and more innocent time. The expression comes from William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, where Cleopatra says her early infatuation with Julius Caesar was foolish: “My salad days, when I was green in judgment.” (“Green” refers both to inexperience and to the color of a salad.)
Idioms and Phrases with salad days
The time of youth, innocence, and inexperience, as in Back in our salad days we went anywhere at night, never thinking about whether it was safe or not. This expression, alluding to the greenness of inexperience, was probably invented by Shakespeare in Antony and Cleopatra (1:5), when Cleopatra, now enamored of Antony, speaks of her early admiration for Julius Caesar as foolish: “My salad days, when I was green in judgment, cold in blood.”