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sweetness and light



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sweetness and light (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic, often ironic) That which is good, pure, pleasant, etc.
    • 1985, Rodger Bradley, Amtrak: The US National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Blandford Press, page 164:
      The working relationship between Amtrak and the contracting railroads, and the Government for that matter, is not, and has never been all sweetness and light, and many railroads still find the passenger train to be a hindrance to the beloved freight.
    • 2003, Arnd Krüger, William J. Murray, The Nazi Olympics: sport, politics and appeasement in the 1930s, University of Illinois Press, page 76:
      So it transpired, though not everything at Garmisch was sweetness and light. The leader of the British team, Arnold Lunn, the "father of alpine ski racing" and a British public school amateur to the core, was a conservative Catholic who disliked the "professionalism" of National Socialist sport.
    • 2009, Jono Bacon, The Art of Community: Building the New Age of Participation, O'Reilly Media, Inc., page 72:
      Mailing lists are not all sweetness and light, though. Joining a mailing list is a little complex.