35+Useful Love Idioms with Meaning and Examples

Learn useful love idioms in English with meaning and examples.

List of common English love idioms.

Be head over heels (in love)

  • Meaning: Be in love with somebody very much
  • Example: Look at them. They’re head over heels in love with each other.

Fall in love with somebody

  • Meaning: Start feeling love towards somebody
  • Example: I think I’m falling in love with my best friend. What should I do?

(Fall for Something) Hook, Line, and Sinker

  • Meaning: To be completely deceived
  • Example: I was so in love with him I was totally ready to believe his lies-I fell for them hook, line, and sinker.

Note: These are terms relating to a fishing rod.

(To Think that Someone) Hung the Moon

  • Meaning: To idealize someone; to think someone is capable of enormously difficult acts
  • Example: Everyone else thinks George is just an ordinary guy, but his wife thinks he hung the moon.

Note: This is often used in romantic contexts.

Be an item

  • Meaning: Two people are an item when they are having a romantic relationship
  • Example: I didn’t know Chris and Sue were an item. They didn’t even look at each other at dinner.

Be lovey – dovey

  • Meaning: Expressing your love in public by constantly kissing and hugging
  • Example: I don’t want to go out with Jenny and David. They’re so lovey-dovey, I just can’t stand it.

Blind date

  • Meaning: When two people who have never seen each other before go on a date
  • Example: My sister keeps organising blind dates for me. She’d just love to fix me up with someone.

Blinded by love

  • Meaning: When a person is so madly in love with somebody that they can’t see the person’s faults or negative characteristics
  • Example: She is so blinded by love that she can’t see him for who he truly is. He is not a good person, he is rude and disrespectful to everyone around him, including her.

Break up/ Split up (With Somebody)

  • Meaning: End the relationship
  • Example: Have you heard? Marian and Joseph have split up. I wonder what went wrong. They were so good together.

Carry a Torch (for)

  • Meaning: To continue to be in love with someone even after a relationship has ended
  • Example: Look at Susan-Joe broke up with her a year ago, but she still carries a torch for him.

Note: “Hold a torch” is also sometimes used.

Have the hots for somebody

  • Meaning: Finding somebody extremely attractive
  • Example: Nadine has the hots for the new apprentice. I wouldn’t be surprised if she asked him out.

Kiss and make up

  • Meaning: Make peace after an argument
  • Example: Our relationship is like a roller-coaster ride. We fight nearly every day, but then we always kiss and make up.

Useful Love Idioms in English

Idioms about Love

… Love Idioms in English …

Love at first sight

  • Meaning: Falling in love with somebody the first time you see them
  • Example: My wife and I met at a party. It was love at first sight.

Love rat

  • Meaning: Somebody who cheats on his/her partner
  • Example: Don’t even think about asking Jane out. How could you look your wife in the eye? Don’t be a love rat.

Main Squeeze

  • Meaning: Committed romantic partner
  • Example: Don’t be angry! Yes, I was talking to that other girl, but you know you’re my main squeeze!

Match made in heaven

  • Meaning: A relationship in which the two people are great together, because they complement each other so well
  • Example: Do you think Matt and Amanda will get married? – I hope they will. They’re a match made in heaven.

May-December Marriage

  • Meaning: A marriage between a younger and an older partner, typically a young woman and an old man.
  • Example: Their May-December marriage sparked gossip that she was only after his money.

No love lost between

  • Meaning: There is a mutual animosity between two people
  • Example: There is no love lost between the two colleagues, they have never liked each other.

Old Flame

  • Meaning: A former boyfriend or girlfriend
  • Example: An old flame has come back into my life. I’m seeing her tomorrow night.

Puppy Love

  • Meaning: Adolescent love or infatuation, especially one that is not expected to last.
  • Example: They called it puppy love when Julia and I started dating. But now we’ve been married for three years.

Tie the knot

  • Meaning: Get married
  • Example: When are you and Jenny going to tie the knot? – This year, but we haven’t set a date yet.

To be smitten with someone

  • Meaning: To be completely captivated by someone and feel immense joy
  • Example: Sally is smitten with this Gary chap she met the other day. She can’t stop talking about him.

To be someone’s one and only

  • Meaning: To be unique to the other person
  • Example: You will always be my one and only love.

To fancy someone (British English)

  • Meaning: To find someone very attractive
  • Example: My friend really fancies you.

To have a crush on someon

  • Meaning: An informal idiomatic expression that describes young romantic infatuation
  • Example: Sally has had a crush on James since they were at university together. He doesn’t realise this.

To love someone with all of one’s heart and soul

  • Meaning: To love someone completely
  • Example: John loves Leslie with all his heart and soul.

Under Someone’s Spell

  • Meaning: Fascinated, entranced by someone
  • Example: Jenna broke up with Ted. But now she’s under his spell again.

Whisper Sweet Nothings (in Someone’s Ear)

  • Meaning: Speak meaningless romantic utterances
  • Example: Linda, watch for Joe. He’ll whisper sweet nothings in your ear, but then the next night he’ll go out with someone else.

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