Love and Dating - Idioms & Phrasal Verbs | Valentine's Day English Lesson


Valentine's day - Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Valentine's Day, or St Valentine's Day, is celebrated every year on February 14th.

It's the day when people show their love, affection, friendship and admiration for another person by sending cards, flowers or chocolates with messages of love, and spending special time together.

In this Valentine's Day lesson, we take a look at some useful Idioms and Phrasal Verbs that you might hear around this special time of year.

Love and Dating - Idioms

broken heart

a feeling of sorrow and despair when someone you love does not love you.

Example: "He is recovering from a broken heart."


blind date

a date between two persons who have not previously met.

Example: "She went on a blind date with her friend's cousin."


joined at the hip

two people who are inseparable.

Example: "Those two are joined at the hip."


love birds

two people who are very much in love with each other.

Example: "Jade and her new boyfriend are as happy as two lovebirds now."



to be in love, or behaving amorously.

Example: "Joe and Bella are very much loved-up."


love affair

a romantic relationship between two people who are not married to each other.

Example: "Their love affair began sometime last year."


fall head over heals in love

to fall deeply in love with someone.

Example: "They met at a nightclub and instantly fell head over heels for one another."


love at first sight

the experience of falling in love with someone as soon as you see them for the first time.

Example: "When Steve met Kate, it was love at first sight."


tie the knot

to get married.

Example: "So when are you two going to tie the knot?"


pop the question

to ask someone to marry you.

Example: "Has he popped the question yet?"


Love and Dating - Phrasal Verbs


(Two of the phrasal verbs in this lesson are informal and could be considered rude if used incorrectly or inappropriately - These Phrasal Verbs have been marked with (*) - )

hook up with sb (*)

to begin a romantic relationship with someone.

Example: "When did you two first hook up?"


split up with sb

to end a relationship.

Example: "She split up with her boyfriend last week."


go out with sb

to have a romantic relationship with someone.

Example: "How long have you been going out with him?"


break up with sb

to end a relationship.

Example: "He's just broken up with his girlfriend."


chat sb up

to talk to someone in a way that shows that you are sexually attracted to them.

Example: "He spent all evening chatting her up and buying her drinks."


ask sb out

to invite someone to go out on a date with you.

Example: "You should ask her out sometime."


fall for sb

to fall in love with somebody.

Example: "She fell for a handsome younger man."


hit it off with sb

to get along very well together.

Example: "Mary and Jacque hit it off straight away."


cuddle up with sb

to sit or lie very close to someone and put your arms around them.

Example: "We cuddled up together and tried to get warm."


turn sb on (*)

to make someone feel sexually attracted or sexually excited.

Example: "He really knows how to turn me on."



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