The Idiom Connection Relationship Idioms






Love and Relationship Idioms







Love and Relationship Idioms

ask for (someone's) hand in marriage

- to ask someone to marry you

After dating his girlfriend for several years, the man finally asked for her hand in marriage.

attracted to (someone)

- to feel a physical or emotional attraction to someone, to be interested in someone in a romantic way

I was attracted to the woman at the party from the moment that I first met her.

blind date

- a date where the two people have never met before

I went on a blind date in university but it was not successful.

break (someone's) heart

- to cause someone emotional pain, to make someone feel very sad or disappointed

The man broke the woman's heart when he told her that he did not love her.

break up with (someone)

- to end a relationship with someone

The couple broke up after dating for more than three years.

crazy about (someone or something)

- to be very much in love with someone, to be very enthusiastic about something

The girl is crazy about the boy in her university class.
The man is crazy about cars.

date (someone)

- to go on a date with someone, to have a date with someone

My sister has been dating her boyfriend for two years.

double date

- a date where two couples go on a date and do something together

It was fun to go on the double date even though everybody wanted to do something different.

dump (someone)

- to end a relationship by telling someone that you do not want to see him or her again

The woman dumped her boyfriend after they had a big fight.

fall for (someone)

- to begin to feel love for someone

The woman always falls for the wrong person and she is never happy.

fall in love (with someone)

- to begin to experience feelings of love for someone

The man fell in love with a woman from his university class and they later got married.

find Mr. Right

- to find the right person or the perfect person to marry

The woman is hoping to find Mr. Right.

find the right girl/guy

- to find the right partner, to find the person you want to marry

The woman would like to find the right guy.

first love

- the first person that one falls in love with

The girl's first love was with a boy in her high school.

get along with (someone)

- to have a good relationship with someone

The woman gets along with everybody very well.

get back together

- to return to a relationship or marriage after separating

The man got back together with his girlfriend after separating for several months.

get engaged

- to make a plan to marry someone, to decide to marry someone

The young man recently got engaged to his girlfriend.

get hitched

- to get married

The girl and her boyfriend surprised everyone when they suddenly got hitched last weekend.

get serious (with someone)

- to become more serious in a romantic relationship with someone

The two students dated for several months before they began to get serious.

give (someone or something) a second chance

- to try to save a relationship by forgiving and welcoming the other person back (usually after a fight or a breakup)

The girl's boyfriend left her for several months but when he came back she was happy to give him a second chance.

go Dutch

- to go on a date where each person pays half of the expenses

Many university students have little money so they often go Dutch when they go on a date.

go out with (someone)

- to go on a date with someone, to be dating someone


The man would like to go out with his classmate.
I have been going out with a woman from my hiking club for one year.

go steady with (someone)

- to date one person regularly (not so common recently but at one time this expression was used often by teenagers)

The two students have been going steady for three years.

good together

- to be able to get along well with each other

The couple are good together and nobody has ever seen them argue.

have a crush on (someone)

- to have strong feelings of love for someone (often for a short time and with no results)

The girl has a crush on a boy in her class.

have a thing for (someone)

- to be attracted to someone, to be interested in someone

The girl has a thing for the new boy in her class.

have a thing going with (someone)

- to have a romantic relationship with someone

I think that the secretary has a thing going with one of the salesmen.

head over heels in love with (someone)

- to be very much in love with someone, to be completely in love with someone

The man is head over heels in love with someone in his company.

hit it off (with someone)

- to get along well with someone (from the first time that you meet that person - this can be used in a romantic way but it can also be used for any two people who meet and have a good relationship)

I hit it off with a woman in my photography class and we have been dating for several months now.
The two salespeople hit it off and have a very good working relationship now.

hung up on (someone)

- to be obsessed with another person, to be interested in another person

The young woman is hung up on a member of her tennis club.

interested in (someone)

- to have a romantic interest in someone and possibly want to date that person

My sister is interested in someone from her university biology class.

kiss and make up

- to become friends again after a fight or argument

After they had a fight, the couple was quick to kiss and make up.

leave (someone) at the altar

- to decide not to marry someone at the last minute

The man was very nervous and decided to leave his girlfriend at the altar.

leave (someone) for (someone else)

- to end a relationship with your partner and start a relationship with someone else

The man left his wife for his secretary but soon discovered that his life was worse than before.

love at first sight

- to fall in love with someone or something the first time that you see him or her or it

When I saw the woman at the party, it was love at first sight and I knew that I wanted to meet her.
The woman loved the house. It was love at first sight.

made for each other

- to get along extremely well with another person

The man and woman have a good relationship and are made for each other.

make eyes at (someone)

- to flirt with someone, to look at someone to try and attract him or her

The boy was making eyes at the girl in his history class.

make up

- to resolve a quarrel, to forgive someone after an argument

The couple had a big fight at the restaurant but they made up and things quickly got back to normal.
The boy and girl separated but they later made up and began seeing each other again.

a match made in heaven

- a couple who get along perfectly

When the two people finally met each other, it was a match made in heaven.

meet the right girl or guy

- to meet the right partner, to meet the person that you want to marry

The woman always said that she would like to meet the right guy.

on the rocks

- to be in a state of difficulty, to be having problems (usually used for a relationship)

The couple are experiencing many problems at the moment and their relationship appears to be on the rocks.

one's one and only

- the only person that one loves

The man's wife was his one and only since they first met in high school.

the one for (someone)

- the right partner, the right person to marry

When I introduced my girlfriend to my mother she said that she was the one for me.

patch up a relationship

- to repair a broken relationship

The couple wanted to separate but they were able to patch up their relationship and now they are very happy together.

perfect couple

- two people who appear to get along perfectly

Our neighors seem to be the perfect couple.

pop the question

- to ask someone to marry you

The man thought about things carefully before he decided to pop the question to his girlfriend.

puppy love

- strong feelings of love (infatuation) between school-age children or teenagers

The two teenagers thought that their love was the greatest in the world. Other people thought that it was only puppy love.

say I do

- to get married (during a wedding ceremony it is common to say "I do" when you agree to marry your partner)

The man was very happy to say "I do," at the wedding ceremony.

seeing (someone)

- to be dating someone on a regular basis

The woman was not seeing anyone when she met the man at the party.

set a date

- to decide on a date for a wedding

After thinking about marriage for a long time, the couple decided to set a date.

settle down

- to begin to live a quiet and stable life (often used after getting married or getting a job)

My friend settled down and started a family after he finished university.

split up

- to end a relationship

The girl and her boyfriend decided to split up after being together for seven years.

steal (someone's) heart

- to cause someone to fall in love with you

The woman stole the heart of the man who she was working with.

take one's vows

- to get married and take your wedding vows or make your wedding promises

The couple took their vows at the courthouse in the small town.

those three little words

- the three words "I love you"

After several months of dating, the man said those three little words to his girlfriend.

tie the knot

- to get married

After dating for several years, the young couple decided to tie the knot.

true love

- a genuine feeling of romantic love

It was true love for the young couple when they met at their company.

unrequited love

- love that is not returned, one-way love

The woman was in love with the president of her company but it was unrequited love. He did not love her.

walk down the aisle together

- to get married (in this case in a church where the bride walks down the aisle to the altar)

The couple have decided to walk down the aisle together and begin their new life.

walk out on (someone)

- to abandon your partner and end a relationship

The man walked out on his wife.

whisper sweet nothings in (someone's) ear

- to say romantic or intimate things to someone

The actor whispered sweet nothings in the ear of the actress.

Idiom Quizzes - Love and Relationships

    Choose an idiom to replace the expression in the brackets:

  1. The woman was (very much in love with) the accountant in her office.

    (a) interested in (b) double dating (c) head over heels in love with (d) walking out on



  2. The young man was a nice person and he was able to (make the young woman fall in love with him.)

    (a) become hung up on the young woman (b) dump the young woman (c) find Mr. Right for the young woman (d) steal the young woman's heart



  3. The boy (had very strong feelings of love for) the girl in his class.

    (a) hit it off with (b) had a crush on (c) made up with (d) dated



  4. After dating for three years, the couple finally decided to (get married).

    (a) tie the knot (b) be good together (c) kiss and make up (d) get back together



  5. The two people were very happy at first but recently their marriage appears to be (experiencing problems).

    (a) getting serious (b) on the rocks (c) a match made in heaven (d) puppy love



  6. The couple plan to (get married) in the summer and buy a house together.

    (a) pop the question (b) kiss and make up (c) hit it off (d) walk down the aisle together



  7. The woman went (on a date where she did not know the other person) but it was not very successful.

    (a) on a double date (b) on a blind date (c) out with someone (d) dutch



  8. The couple had many problems in their relationship and it was in danger of ending. However, they worked hard to (repair it).

    (a) split up (b) get serious (c) patch it up (d) get back together



  9. The couple appear to be (an ideal couple).

    (a) the perfect couple (b) the one and only (c) double dating (d) making eyes at each other



  10. The woman believes that she has found (a genuine feeling of romantic love) with her boyfriend.

    (a) unrequited love (b) first love (c) puppy love (d) true love



  11. The couple had many problems so they decided to (end their relationship).

    (a) set a date (b) break up (c) get hitched (d) make up



  12. The two students have been (dating each other regularly) for six months.

    (a) saying "I do" (b) dumping each other (c) seeing each other (d) interested in each other



  13. After seven years of dating, the couple decided to (get married and establish a regular routine).

    (a) settle down and marry (b) go steady (c) give each other a second chance (d) fall for each other



  14. The young man was finally brave enough to (invite the young woman for a date).

    (a) fall for the young woman (b) walk out on the young woman (c) go out with the young woman (d) ask the young woman out




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