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love British & World English

A strong feeling of affection

love-in British & World English

A gathering or party at which people are encouraged to express feelings of friendship and physical attraction, associated with the hippies of the 1960s

calf love British & World English

Another term for puppy love.

self-love British & World English

Regard for one’s own well-being and happiness

free love British & World English

The idea or practice of having sexual relations according to choice, without being restricted by marriage or long-term relationships

true love British & World English

A person whom one loves

for love British & World English

For pleasure rather than profit

make love British & World English

Have sexual intercourse

love bite British & World English

A temporary red mark on a person’s skin caused by a lover biting or sucking it as a sexual act

love game British & World English

(In tennis and similar sports) a game in which the loser does not score

love-hate British & World English

(Of a relationship) characterized by ambivalent feelings of love and hate felt by one or each of two or more parties

love life British & World English

The area of a person’s life concerning their relationships with lovers

love nest British & World English

A place where two lovers spend time together, especially in secret

love seat British & World English

A small sofa for two people, especially one designed in an S-shape so that the couple can face each other

love vine British & World English

The dodder, which is sometimes used medicinally and as a love charm

lady-love British & World English

A female lover or sweetheart

puppy love British & World English

Intense but relatively shallow romantic attachment, associated with adolescents

tough love British & World English

Promotion of a person’s welfare, especially that of an addict, child, or criminal, by enforcing certain constraints on them, or requiring them to take responsibility for their actions

love affair British & World English

A romantic or sexual relationship between two people who are not married to each other

love beads British & World English

A necklace of small beads, especially as worn by hippies in the 1960s as a symbol of peace and goodwill

Love Canal British & World English

A section of Niagara Falls in New York that was evacuated after 1970s exposure that chemical wastes were buried in its residential neighborhood. It has been partially reoccupied

love child British & World English

A child born to parents who are not married to each other

love feast British & World English

A feast in token of fellowship among early Christians; an agape

love match British & World English

A marriage based on the mutual love of the couple rather than social or financial considerations

love-struck British & World English

Experiencing intense feelings of romantic love for someone; besotted or infatuated

lad's love British & World English

Another term for southernwood.

cupboard love British & World English

Affection that is feigned in order to obtain something

courtly love British & World English

A highly conventionalized medieval tradition of love between a knight and a married noblewoman, first developed by the troubadours of southern France and extensively employed in European literature of the time. The love of the knight for his lady was regarded as an ennobling passion and the relationship was typically unconsummated

love handles British & World English

Deposits of excess fat at a person’s waistline

love interest British & World English

An actor whose main role in a story or film is that of a lover of the central character

brotherly love British & World English

Feelings of humanity and compassion towards one’s fellow humans

tug of love British & World English

A dispute over the custody of a child

tunnel of love British & World English

A fairground amusement for couples involving a train- or boat-ride through a darkened tunnel

true-love knot British & World English

A kind of knot with interlacing bows on each side, symbolizing the bonds of love

for love in love British & World English

For pleasure rather than profit

a labour of love British & World English

A task done for pleasure, not reward

love-in-a-mist British & World English

A Mediterranean plant of the buttercup family, which bears blue flowers surrounded by delicate thread-like green bracts, giving a hazy appearance to the flowers

love-in-idleness British & World English

Another term for heartsease.

love-lies-bleeding British & World English

A South American plant with long drooping tassels of crimson flowers. Cultivated today as an ornamental, its seeds and leaves were formerly eaten in the Andes

make love in love British & World English

Have sexual intercourse

love me, love my dog British & World English

If you love someone, you must accept everything about them, even their faults

Peacock, Thomas Love British & World English

(1785–1866), English novelist and poet. He is chiefly remembered for his prose satires, including Nightmare Abbey (1818) and Crotchet Castle (1831), lampooning the romantic poets

for the love of God British & World English

Used to accompany an urgent request or to express annoyance or surprise

tug of love in tug British & World English

A dispute over the custody of a child

for the love of Mike British & World English

Used to accompany an exasperated request or to express dismay

not for love or money British & World English

Not in any circumstances

make love to in love British & World English

Pay amorous attention to (someone)

all's fair in love and war British & World English

In certain highly charged situations, any method of achieving your objective is justifiable

there's no love lost between British & World English

There is mutual dislike between (the people mentioned)


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