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.