February 10, 2017

10 English Idioms About Love

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so we thought we’d teach you some handy English idioms that are all about love and romance! Here are 10 phrases to help you charm someone you care about this February 14th.

1.To Fall in Love / To Fall For Someone

These phrases are both about the feeling people have when they start to be in love with someone. The idea is that it makes you feel a little bit out of control and a little bit vulnerable, as if you are falling. For example, “I know we haven’t been together very long, but I’m really falling for him.”

2. Those Three Little Words

This means the three most important words to hear in a serious relationship: “I love you!” For example: “I think I’m falling in love with Emma.” “Really? Have you said those three little words yet?”

3.To Be the Apple of Your Eye

The apple of your eye is a person that you love or care about most in the world, and usually means that you think they are very special or even perfect. It doesn’t necessarily mean a romantic relationship, for example: “He was the apple of his mother’s eye.”

4.Head Over Heels

If someone is head over heels about someone or something, it means they are so excited that they feel as if they are doing cartwheels, like this. In other words, their head is going over their heels (the back of their feet). People also describe “falling head over heels in love”.  

5.To Take Your Breath Away

If something takes your breath away, it means that you think it is so amazing or beautiful that you almost forget to breathe for a second. For example, “You looked so lovely when you walked in that it took my breath away”.

6.To Fancy Someone

This is a very common expression in the UK that means that you’re attracted to somebody. For example “She really fancies Ian from work, but she’s too shy to talk to him”.

7.Pop the Question

This means proposing (asking someone to marry you) – the “question” is “Will you marry me?”. For example, “He’s planning to pop the question while they’re on holiday in the Bahamas.”

8.Get Down on One Knee

This is another expression for asking someone to marry you. Traditionally, the person who proposes (usually the man, if it’s a relationship between a man and a woman) puts one knee on the ground and offers the other person an engagement ring, like this. For example: “You’ve been together for ages! Are you going to get down on one knee anytime soon?”

9.Match Made in Heaven

This means that two people seem to be perfect for each other, or fit together so well that they are better or happier together than they are apart. For example, “We both love Manchester United and Chinese food, so that’s our weekend plans sorted. It’s a match made in heaven!” Sometimes people also use this expression to talk about food that goes well together, too. For example, “These raspberries and dark chocolate are a match made in heaven!”

10.Tie the Knot

To get married. Tying a knot means you’re tying or joining something in place so that it is secure and attached to something else, so tying the knot literally means joining yourself to another person. For example, “We got engaged on Valentine’s Day and we’re tying the knot next summer.”

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