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salad days Syllabification: sal·ad days
Pronunciation: /ˈsaləd dāz/

Definition of salad days in English:

plural noun

(one's salad days)
1The period when one is young and inexperienced.
Example sentences
  • In my salad days as an eager young university student, I came across a tutor who had something of a reputation for enjoying an occasional flutter on the stock market.
  • So, in Denis Santry's salad days, when he was a young wild man living on his own, what did they call his little flat?
  • But these were their salad days, and they were young and hopeful.
1.1The peak or heyday of something.
Example sentences
  • The global fight-back appears to be working as the company is enjoying its own salad days after two years of the first business slump in its history.
  • We reside in the salad days of global liquidity and speculative excess.
  • We thought the salad days of heavy metal were long over.


From Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra ( i. v. 72).

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