Definition of smell the roses in English:

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smell the roses

North American informal Enjoy or appreciate what is often ignored: they need to wake up and smell the roses
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  • If we have enough food on the table, and gainful employment, then we should take time to smell the roses and enjoy the precious moments of our lives - like sands in an hour glass.
  • It's important to take time out once in a while to enjoy the fruits of one's labours, smell the roses and enjoy.
  • But bloody hell that girl has to wake up and smell the roses.
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