Learn useful love idioms in English with meaning and examples.
List of common English love idioms.
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- 1 Be head over heels (in love)
- 2 Fall in love with somebody
- 3 (Fall for Something) Hook, Line, and Sinker
- 4 (To Think that Someone) Hung the Moon
- 5 Be an item
- 6 Be lovey – dovey
- 7 Blind date
- 8 Blinded by love
- 9 Break up/ Split up (With Somebody)
- 10 Carry a Torch (for)
- 11 Have the hots for somebody
- 12 Kiss and make up
- 13 Love at first sight
- 14 Love rat
- 15 Main Squeeze
- 16 Match made in heaven
- 17 May-December Marriage
- 18 No love lost between
- 19 Old Flame
- 20 Puppy Love
- 21 Tie the knot
- 22 To be smitten with someone
- 23 To be someone’s one and only
- 24 To fancy someone (British English)
- 25 To have a crush on someon
- 26 To love someone with all of one’s heart and soul
- 27 Under Someone’s Spell
- 28 Whisper Sweet Nothings (in Someone’s Ear)
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.
- 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
… 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Meaning: A former boyfriend or girlfriend
- Example: An old flame has come back into my life. I’m seeing her tomorrow night.
- 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.