English Idioms about Love

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Love Phrases and Idioms in English

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February is generally regarded as the month of love as focus now turns to Valentines Day. 
St Valentines Day is generally regarded as a day to express your love for the man or woman in your life. Its origins are a bit of a mystery however and there are varying stories based on Roman and early Christian practices. Today, however, there is no mystery and it is celebrated the world over by young and old alike! Here are some English expressions and idioms about love.

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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.

Well Known English Phrases connected to Love

fall for someone

Meaning: to fall in love with someone, to be very attracted to someone


With his dark olive skin, close-cut black hair, huge blue eyes, and an easy, friendly smile, I fell for him straight away. It was impossible not to.

to fall in/out of love

Meaning: Depending on whether you are considered romantic or not we can easily fall in love or out of love with someone quite quickly.


He fell in love with his wife on their first date it was love at first sight. He fell out of love with his girlfriend when he realised she really preferred his best friend.

love is in the air

Meaning: Often on warm evenings in late spring or early summer romantic couples can be seen walking hand in hand in the parks of our cities. There is a good feeling about a loving relationship developing.


The birds are singing everyone is smiling and love is in the air!

a love triangle

Meaning: This usually means things are a little complicated. It is usually a romantic relationship that involves three people.


Paul is going out with Sue and is in love with her. Pauls best friend is called Dave. Dave really likes Sue and Sue is quite attracted to Dave also. She likes Paul but does not love him and thinks Dave would be a better husband. Confused? Yes, well this is a classic love triangle.

I’ve only got eyes for you

Meaning: you only fancy or are attracted to your partner


Your partner may catch you looking at another boy or girl. They ask you if you fancy him/her.  You reply quite quickly, ‘Of course not, I’ve only got eyes for you’.

English Idioms about Love

a man after my own heart

Meaning: this can be said by a man or woman to another man or woman. It does not have anything really to do with romance. It means that you like the same things or have the same impression or opinions about something.


Michael thought it would be a great idea if they spent their winter holidays at home and saved their money and had a really good summer vacation. His friend David said, ‘You are right, Michael. There is no point in spending money to go to the Swiss Alps, we have plenty of snow here. You are a man after my own heart’.

your heart skips/misses a beat

Meaning: out of the blue (suddenly) you feel so excited or frightened that your heart beats faster


When I saw Jack for the first time, my heart skipped a beat. I knew he would be the special one for me.

all is fair in love and war

Meaning: Cheating is not usually acceptable and people get upset if someone cheats in a game of cards or in some other activity. However, in war as in love situations are often different and normal rules may not apply. In these situations, you will often hear the expression “all is fair in love and war”.


Ivan fancied Irina. Chris fancied her too. Ivan told Chris that she was already married (this was a lie). Chris believed him and forgot about her. Ivan asked her out on a date and they fell in love quite quickly. Chris was angry when he found out the truth. However, he laughed when Ivan explained to him that he had no choice after all “all is fair in love and war”.

faint heart never won fair lady

Meaning: This is a very old English expression. In fact, my English teacher used to quote it to us in class almost every day. It really means if you do not take a chance you will never win. So in life sometimes you take a gamble. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.


Why don’t you ask Mary out? It is the only way to find out if she feels the same. Faint heart never won fair lady!

Keep practising phrases and English idioms about love and enjoy the special day on the 14th of February!

Learn New English Vocabulary Words

origins – how it started
mystery – something not clear
at first sight – happened immediately
to got out with (someone) – to date
to fancy – to be attracted to smb
to gamble – to take a risk

Other ways to say 'to love' in English

There are many different ways in which we say we love someone.

However, usually LOVE has a much stronger meaning.

to adore

I adore you, I adore that new coat

to cherish

to cherish every moment

to be enchanted by 

I am enchanted by his attention

to have the hots for (informal) 

You really fancy or love someone.

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