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Forbidden fruit

  • Forbidden fruit is an idiom with roots in the Bible. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. We will examine the meaning of the expression forbidden fruit, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.


     

    Forbidden fruit is something that one is not allowed to have, either because it is illegal, immoral, or otherwise unobtainable for some reason. The term forbidden fruit has its origins in the Bible. The book of Genesis tells of the expulsion of man from the Garden of Eden. In the story, God tells Adam and Eve that they may eat any fruit in the garden except the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eve is sorely tempted by this forbidden fruit, and she persuades Adam to eat it with her. This action prompts God to banish Adam and Eve from Paradise, forcing humanity to live in suffering for all ages. The term forbidden fruit was first used as an idiom in the 1600s.

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    Examples

    According to Mallia, humans are all trapped in their very own love story; some triumph after falling for the forbidden fruit, whereas others resist or allow it to be their ultimate demise. (The Times of Malta)

    Even the usual easy bait has now become forbidden fruit that refuses to give you the juicy validation you crave. (The Cavalier Daily)

    As Nick Detrich, who opened a Cuban bar in NOLA this March, puts it, “There is certainly the allure of Cuba as a sort of forbidden fruit, and Cuban rums and drinks are the apple of that tree.” (Food & Wine Magazine)


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