(stop and) smell the roses

Definition of (stop and) smell the roses


  1. :  to stop being busy and enjoy the pleasant things in life You shouldn't work so hard. You need to take some time to stop and smell the roses.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to close by filling or obstructing

    :  to hinder or prevent the passage of

    :  to get in the way of :  be wounded or killed by

  1. :  cessation, end

    :  a pause or breaking off in speech

    :  a graduated set of organ pipes of similar design and tone quality

  1. :  serving to stop :  designed to stop

  1. :  to perceive the odor or scent of through stimuli affecting the olfactory nerves :  get the odor or scent of with the nose

    :  to detect or become aware of as if by the sense of smell

    :  to emit the odor of

  1. :  the property of a thing that affects the olfactory organs :  odor

    :  the process, function, or power of smelling

    :  the sense concerned with the perception of odor

roseplay roses
  1. : past tense ofrise

  1. :  any of a genus (Rosa of the family Rosaceae, the rose family) of usually prickly shrubs with pinnate leaves and showy flowers having five petals in the wild state but being often double or partly double under cultivation

    :  the flower of a rose

    :  something resembling a rose in form: such as

  1. :  containing or used for roses

    :  of or relating to a rose

    :  flavored, scented, or colored with or like roses

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a trip made at another's expense

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