10 Love Idioms Explained to English as a Second Language Learners
Idioms or idiomatic expressions comprise one of the most difficult topics for non-native English speakers in their study of English as a Second Language.
This is because idioms have abstract meanings, which are largely based on the culture of native English speakers.
Because idioms are based on the culture of native English speakers, then they are widely known to native speakers through their everyday communications.
Unfortunately, learners of English as a Second Language do not have the chance to participate in English communications very often, much less be familiarized with native speakers’ culture.
Thus, they are quite unfamiliar with the meanings of idioms.
Below is a list of ten idioms that refer to love or relationships.
There are more love idioms out there that English as a Second Language students should try to learn.
1. Puppy Love
Puppy love is an idiom that refers to the strong feeling of affection between two young people. It is also called young love.
They say it is just puppy love. The high-school sweethearts say it is true love.
2. Head over Heels in Love and Hung Up On
The idiomatic expressions head over heels in love and hung up on both mean to be very much in love with another person. They can even mean obsession or infatuation.
He’s head over heels in love with Sue! He’s totally hung up on her.
3. Hit it Off
To hit it off is to instantly get along well with a person from the first meeting. It is an idiom that refers to instant connections.
They hit it off from the beginning and have been together for two decades now.
4. Whisper Sweet Nothings
The idiom whisper sweet nothings implies saying intimate words to someone. Usually, people say sweet nothings in someone’s ears.
Grandpa whispered sweet nothings in grandma’s ears while they were seated in the porch overlooking the lake.
5. Find Mr. Right
Find Mr. Right is an idiom that connotes finding the right male partner. This idiom specifically says that Mr. Right is a husband material or somebody who can be a future husband.
She wants to find Mr. Right. At her age, she feels that she’s ready for marriage.
6. Pop the Question and Ask for Someone’s Hand in Marriage
Pop the question and ask for someone’s hand in marriage are idioms that refer to marriage proposals. Pop the question is casual while ask for someone’s hand in marriage is a little formal.
The prince asked for her hand in marriage in an elaborately planned proposal in the yacht.
7. Tie the Knot, Walk Down the Aisle and Get Hitched
The idioms tie the knot, walk down the aisle and get hitched mean to get married. Get hitched is a bit informal in tone while walk down the aisle signifies getting married in a church where there is an aisle.
She walked down the aisle in style, wearing her gorgeous mermaid-cut tulle wedding gown.
8. On the Rocks
On the rocks is an idiom that connotes having problems in a relationship.
The relationship is on the rocks and the couple seems unable to find ways to resolve their differences.
9. Kiss and Makeup
Kiss and makeup is an idiom that means becoming friends or lovers again after a nasty fight.
We are quick to kiss and makeup. We make sure arguments make us stronger, not weaker.
10. A Match Made in Heaven
The idiom a match made in heaven refers to two people in a relationship who seem to get along with each other extremely well.
They are a match made in heaven. They enjoy doing things together and cannot stand being away from each other for even a single day.
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