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30+ POWERFUL LOVE IDIOMS WITH MEANING AND EXAMPLES

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Love is a beautiful and poetic subject to put words together and form love idioms and phrases. Express your love to your special lovebug today!

Before we get started with love idioms, I simply wanted to go over the meaning of idioms. Idioms are phrases that play off of its literal meaning to represent a more figurative meaning (SOURCE). 

For a more detailed explanation about idioms and the differences between other phrases such as proverbs, you can learn more through my Friend Idiom post. 

Idioms are creative ways to express your feelings and share them with your loved ones. A fun and easy way to send expressions about love is inserting your favorite love idioms in a Valentine’s Day card, Anniversary letter, or even instagram or facebook captions.

You may actually recognize many of the love idioms and not know they were classified as love idioms. Here are my top favorite idioms on love categorized for your convenience.

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ROMANTIC IDIOMS

Take my breath away

To be shocked or surprised by someone. It can also refer to being so awestruck that you lose your train of thought.

His eyes were so beautiful, he took my breath away.” 

Labor of love

When one works not for money but simply because of love and the sure willingness to help.

While washing my sister’s dog is a labor of love, I am thinking that I should’ve asked for money instead.

Blind date

To go on a date with a person that you’ve never met before.

Even though they’ve never met, I would like to set up my best friend on a blind date with my husband’s coworker because they have similar interests.

Double date

When two couples attend the same social event together.

Mom and dad will go on a double date with uncle and auntie at Disneyland.

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Apple of my eye

To love someone as the most important person. Typically, this idiom is shared between a parent and their child.

You are a gift from God – the apple of my eye.

Have the hots for

To desire someone sexually.

I have the hots for Ken, he is just so handsome!

Kiss and make up

To reconcile an argument or forgive your partner with a kiss.

Please forgive me, let’s kiss and make up so we can enjoy the rest of our evening together.

Main squeeze

This is referring to your special someone because you physically hug that person the most.

Ken is my main squeeze – my forever partner in life.” 

The course of true love never did run smooth

Even the most successful relationships can have challenging moments.

Through our 40 years of marriage, as beautiful and monumental as it is, the course of true love never did run smooth at times.

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Puppy love

A young love, typically referring to young people such as kids and teenagers.

They are so young to be in love. Hopefully they will grow out of their puppy love.” 

Head over heels

To be deeply in love with someone.

I am head over heels over my boyfriend, Ken, because I love him so much!

Falling in love (Fall in love)

To begin feelings of love for someone.

I am falling in love with my husband more each day than the day before.” 

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Madly in love

To love someone so much it is extremely passionate.

I am madly in love with him because there is no one else I would rather be with in life.

Blinded by love

To be so deeply in love with someone that you do not see their flaws or troubles.

He is blinded by love and can’t make any logical decisions.

Love to death

This doesn’t mean you love something so much that you die; rather it means that you love something very deeply.

I love my girlfriend to death because she is the best thing that has ever happened to me.

To be smitten

To like someone obsessively.

I am smitten by her lovely charm and grace because I can’t stop thinking about her.” 

Love at first sight

To like someone romantically or be attracted instantly during their first encounter.

It truly was love at first sight when I met your mother because I knew I was going to marry her the day I met her.” 

Three little words

This phrase refers to the words, “I love you.”

The three little words are my favorite to hear from you.

To love with all your heart and soul

To love someone so completely that it would feel as if you could give your heart to that person.

I love you with all my heart and soul because there is nothing I would not do for you.

The love of my life

The person that you want to spend the rest of your life with.

You are the love of my life not only because you are an answer to my prayers but because I know I wouldn’t never be able to love anyone else more than I love you.

SELF-LOVE IDIOMS

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Wear your heart on your sleeves

When you are a person that easily shows your feelings and emotions making it easy for others to know what you are thinking.

It’s better to wear your heart on your sleeves in a relationship than to never be able to communicate your heart with your partner.” 

Let your heart rule your head

To allow your feelings to help make decisions rather than using logic.

Don’t let your heart rule your head when you are emotionally frustrated or you may do something that you’ll regret for the rest of your life.

MARRIAGE IDIOMS

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A match made in heaven

A relationship that is perfectly compatible for each other. Much like two perfect puzzle pieces linked together.

They are perfect for each other like a match made in heaven.” 

To get hitched

To get married.

We got hitched before our wedding ceremony because we just couldn’t wait to say, ‘I do!’” 

Tying the knot (Tie the knot)

This is a cultural reference when it was once practiced where couples physically tied themselves together during a wedding ceremony to symbolize their matrimony. Hence the phrase, “tie the knot” means when someone gets married.

We will tie the knot on March 21st, so please join us for our wedding celebration.

Love child

A child who is born out of wedlock.

There is not doubt that our love child was conceived before our wedding. But that doesn’t change how much we love our kid.

Pop the question

To propose to your partner for marriage.

He popped the question and I said, ‘Yes!’

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To settle down with someone

To find a life partner that you can build a long and stable life together.

Now that I am in my thirties, I am ready to settle down with someone and find my life partner.

IDIOM FOR FRIENDSHIP

For more friend idioms, you can find an extensive list of my favorite friend idioms here. Below are just a couple you will find on friend relationship idioms.

Two peas in a pod

When two people have very similar behaviors or have like minded thoughts.

You just spoke my mind! We are two peas in a pod.” 

Birds of a feather flock together

People with similar hobbies and/or interests will generally be found in the same vicinity (or room).

My best friend and I are two peas in a pod because we just have so much fun together.

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Friends in high places

To have friends that are famous or have powerful influences.

I am so grateful and humbled that my friends in high places always think of ways to help their communities.

Joined at the hip

When you have a friend that is very close to you whom you can always be found together.

We are joined at the hip because we are just always together.

Go back a long way (go way back)

To have known someone for a long time. A long time friend.

My husband and I go way back because I’ve known him since I was a child.


Through my research, I was impressed to see that the love idioms in English are just so beautiful. Idioms about love and hate are beautifully spoken in all different languages such as Chinese love idioms, French idioms about love, and so much more. But regardless of what language you use to share love expressions, I hope that these idioms on love bring you inspiration. 

Do you speak a different language? What is your favorite phrases with love from another non-English speaking country? Mine is Korean and it is, “일편단심 민들레,” (english pronunciation: il-pyun-dan-shim min-dul-le) which means, “to love only you forever” or “to only have eyes for you.” Here is an article dedicated to Korean phrases that you may enjoy!

Let me know in the comment section below your favorite loving expressions. 

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