trouble in paradise
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- (idiomatic) An unexpected problem in a supposedly positive situation, especially in a marital or romantic relationship.
- My wife wasn't in the best of moods on our honeymoon last week. ― Trouble in paradise?
- 1969 Feb. 14, "New Plays: Pilgrims' Regress," Time (retrieved 10 July 2014):
- Chaucer's people are not paralyzed by self-consciousness in the act of love. They possess none of modern man's neurasthenic haste to import trouble in paradise.
- 1996 Dec. 10, Clifton Brown, "Challenge for the Bulls Is to Repair the Cracks," New York Times (retrieved 10 July 2014):
- Is there trouble in paradise? Maybe not, but it will be interesting to see whether the Bulls can make it through another season without serious internal problems.
- 2013 Oct. 5, Tom Russo, "Reasons to get ‘Stuck in Love’," Boston Globe (retrieved 10 July 2014):
- [H]e’ll keep on peeping through her window, anxious for some glimpse of trouble in paradise with the new boyfriend.
unexpected problem in a supposedly positive situation