12 English Love Idioms and Phrases

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Here you will learn 12 English love idioms and phrases: the love of my life, love is blind, head over heels, a love/hate relationship, to have a crush on someone and more.

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12 English Love Idioms and Phrases 

12 English Love Idioms and Phrases. Advanced English learning. How to talk about love in English. #learnenglish #ingles #idioms #vocabulary #love #valentinesday

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The majority of people believe that French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese are the most romantic languages in the world. This might be true. However, there are many English love idioms and phrases that you could use. If you want to impress someone (particularly if your partner is a native English speaker), try using one or two of them in your conversation.

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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

the love of my life

Meaning: the most important person in your life the person you really love at a particular time


It was obvious that Anne was the love of his life.

love is in the air

Meaning: you can almost reach out and feel the love when shops are decorated with signs of love (hearts/ flowers etc)


In early February of every year, love is in the air.

love is blind

Meaning: when a person or persons are deeply in love they do not see some obvious weaknesses or negatives about their partner, love is blind


I don’t understand why she likes him so much? He is so selfish and doesn’t treat her well. Well, love is really blind.

English Love Idioms

12 English Love Idioms and Phrases. Advanced English learning. How to talk about love in English. #learnenglish #ingles #idioms #vocabulary #love #valentinesday

all is fair in love and war

Meaning: whether we are dealing with matters of the heart or to do with politics or war everything we do is acceptable in matters of such importance


He refused to give me my seat, stating that he was there first and that all was fair in love and war. 

a face only a mother could love

Meaning:usually used as a joke to describe someone who is not very attractive


Although he had a face that only a mother could love, and he snorted and snored, Penny adored him. 

a love/hate relationship

Meaning: one person has very strong positive feelings for another person and the other person feels exactly the opposite


They had a love/hate relationship for 5 years. However, deep down they really did care about each other.

love makes the world go round

Meaning: without love where would we be… love helps us get through life’s little problems,  love helps everybody and everything


Love is the principal force behind human life. Love makes the world go round.

head over heels in love

Meaning: when someone falls deeply in love with another person, as if they actually fell over they were so much in love


Peter met this French girl on a study trip and fell head over heels in love with her.

absence makes the heart grow fonder

Meaning: when we do not see a person we love for some time (weeks or months) we grow more fond of them during that absence… a sign that we really missed their presence in our life


People think sceptically of long-distance relationships but absence does make the heart grow fonder.

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English Love Idioms

to find Mr or Mrs Right

Meaning: to find the person best suited to us, the person we have been waiting for


Jim is not married. He is always in search for his Mrs. Right wherever he goes.

love at first sight

Meaning: to fall in love with someone at the first meeting with them or when we see that person for the first time


He saw that girl and he couldn’t take his eyes off her, it was love at first sight.

to have a crush on someone

Meaning: to find someone attractive and think about this person all the time, usually describes teenage infatuation


He had a crush on her for years but she didn’t pay much attention to him. 

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