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The whole guide to idioms of love

The whole guide to idioms of love

Love is in the air!

There are various ways to say you love someone: you can say you have a crush, a soft spot for, or even the hots for them! These expressions below describe different stages of love:

Falling in love idioms

catch someone’s eye = to be attractive to someone: “It was the colour of his jacket that caught my eye .”

to fancy someone (British English) = to find someone attractive: “My friend fancies you!”

to have a crush on someone = to only be able to think about one person: “When I was at school, I had a crush on a film star.”

to have a soft spot for someone = to have a weakness for someone: “It was the colour of his jacket that caught my eye”

to have the hots for someone = to find someone very attractive: “She’s got the hots for the new office manager.”

to go out with someone (British English) = to date someone: “They’ve been going out together for years!”

to fall for someone = to fall in love: “He always falls for the wrong types!”

to fall head over heels for someone = to completely fall in love: “He fell head over heels for her.”

to be lovey-dovey = for a couple to show everyone how much they are in love: “They’re so lovey-dovey, always whispering to each other and looking into each other’s eyes.”

to have eyes only for = to be attracted to one person only: “He’s dropped all his old friends, now that he has eyes only for Susie.”

to be the apple of someone’s eye = to be loved by someone, normally an older relative: “She’s the apple of her father’s eye.”

to be smitten by someone = to be in love with someone: “I first met him at a party and from that evening on, I was smitten.”

a love-nest = the place where two lovers live: “They made a love-nest in the old basement flat.”

to be the love of someone’s life = to be loved by a person: “He has always been the love of her life.”

Types of love idioms

puppy love = love between teenagers: “It’s just puppy love – you’ll grow out of it!”

cupboard love = love for someone because they give you food: “I think my cat loves me, but it’s only cupboard love!”

Getting married idioms

to get hitched: “They’re getting hitched next Saturday.”

to tie the knot: “So when are you two tying the knot?”

Falling out of love idioms

can’t stand the sight of someone = to not like someone: “She can’t stand the sight of him any more!”

to be on the rocks = a relationship that is in difficulty: “Once she moved out, it was clear their marriage was on the rocks.”

to have a stormy relationship = a relationship with many arguments: “I’m glad we don’t have a stormy relationship.”

a love-rat = a man who betrays his girlfriend / wife: “He’s had affairs with three different women – he’s a complete love-rat.”

Sayings and proverbs

Marry in haste, repent at leisure = if you marry too quickly, you have the rest of your life to regret it!

Love is blind = when you love someone, you can’t see their faults

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder = beauty is subjective

Let your heart rule your head = allow your emotions to control your rational side

Wear your heart on your sleeve = how other people how you are feeling

Have you already known these expressions? Do you know any other ones?

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