the flower of life

the flower of life

the finest individuals out of a number of people or things

Middle and early modern English did not recognize the modern distinction in spelling and sense between flower and flour and the earliest instances of this expression relate to the sense that in modern English would be spelt flour, referring to the finest part of the wheat.

1991 - Pat Robertson - New World Order – This vainglorious conqueror wasted the flower of French youth on his own personal dreams of empire.

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