Love Idioms

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, in the spirit of love and romance, this week on the Intrepid English Blog (and Podcast), we decided to take a look at five love idioms and their meanings. At the end, there is a mini quiz to test your understanding.

1. A match made in heaven

If two people are a perfect pairing, we might say that they are a match made in heaven.

“They are a match made in heaven! I can’t believe they haven’t gotten together yet.”

“Everyone was so shocked when they said they were splitting up. They seemed like a match made in heaven.”

2. Pop the question

To pop the question means to propose, to ask someone to marry you.

“I am going away with my boyfriend’s family this weekend and he says he has a big surprise for me. I hope he isn’t going to pop the question in front of everyone.”

“In an interview with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, Michelle Obama revealed how Barack popped the question.”

3. Be head over heels

This idiom means to be completely and utterly in love with someone.

“It was love at first sight. I fell head over heels in love with her the moment I met her.”

“They fell head over heels in love after meeting at a mutual friend’s wedding.”

4. The apple of someone’s eye

If you are ‘the apple of someone’s eye’ you are very precious to someone. They love and adore you very much.

“My daughter is the apple of my eye. I am so proud of everything she does.”

“She is the apple of his eye. He absolutely adores her.”

5. Tie the knot

To tie the knot means to get married.

“My sister is tying the knot next year and she has asked me to be her bridesmaid. I’m so excited!”

“The couple tied the knot in a lavish ceremony with friends and family.”


Now it’s your turn. Fill in the gaps with the correct love idiom from the list above.

  1.  My girlfriend and I just got engaged. We are hoping to _____ somewhere abroad.
  2. Sam is _____ in love. It’s all he talks about.
  3. They have the same interests and attitude to life. I think they’re _____.
  4. Alice is planning to _____ on a romantic weekend break.
  5. He has four children, and loves them all. But the youngest is the _____.

You can study these idioms and many more in more detail in our Essential English Idioms course in the Intrepid English Academy.

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This blog was written by Intrepid English Teacher Kate, and recorded by Gemma.

You can find out more about them on their Intrepid English Teacher profile pages.

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