20 Fantastic Idioms about LOVE

Are you looking for a list of English idioms that refer to love? Here is a list of 20 idioms & expressions that will help you improve your ❛language of love❜


This article will give you some of the most common English idioms about love you may use when talking about this wonderful feeling:

1. 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?

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.”

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.”

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. BREAK UP/ SPLIT UP (With Somebody)

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

13.  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

14. TO HAVE A CRUSH ON SOMEONE

  • 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.

15. TO FANCY SOMEONE (British English)

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

16. 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.

17. 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.

 18. TO BE THE APPLE OF SOMEONE’S EYE

  • Meaning: to be loved and treasured by someone
  • Example: you are the apple of my eye!

19. 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.

20. 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.

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