It doesn’t matter if you have just started studying English or if you have been studying it for a while now…you have probably heard about idioms. They are everywhere in English because they help people relate to specific feelings or experiences. So if you are feeling a little head over heels, keep reading to learn idioms about love and relationships

What are idioms? 

Most English students have questions about idioms. It is common to hear people say that studying them is important (and it is!). Let’s dive into the world of idioms to understand what they are.  

All languages have idioms. Native speakers use them all the time without ever thinking about their meanings. Idioms are groups of words. Those groups together mean something different from what those words mean separately. They have a lot to do with the culture of the people who use it and that’s why we can’t always translate them. Even if we can’t translate it, it is possible to have an equivalent in another language.  

For instance, while English speakers say “It is raining cats and dogs!” to say that it is raining a lot, Brazilian Portuguese speakers will say “Está chovendo canivete!”, which literally means “It is raining pocket knives!”. You probably have some equivalent expression to that in your native language, don’t you? 

Some examples of idioms that you have probably heard before are: 

The test was a piece of cake

A piece of cake = something that it is very easy 

English idioms about love relationships

No, I can’t afford that. It costs an arm and a leg

To cost an arm and a leg = something that it is a very expensive 

I’m so tired. Let’s call it a day, shall we? 

Call it a day = stop working on something 

Are phrasal verbs and idioms the same thing? 

Phrasal verbs are widely used in English. One could think phrasal verbs and idioms are the same thing, but they aren’t. Let’s explore the difference between a phrasal verb and an idiom. 

A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb (a word used to describe an action or state) with a preposition or an adverb. The meaning of the combination of both words is different from what the words mean separately.  

In summary, the difference between phrasal verbs and idioms is that an idiom is a group of words that together mean something different while a phrasal verb is the combination of a verb and a particle (preposition or adverb) that also mean something different than what the words used in the phrasal verb often mean. Be careful though, because sometimes an idiom can be a phrasal verb and a phrasal verb can be an idiom. 

Phrasal Verb = Verb + Particle (preposition or adverb) 

Idiom = a group of words that has a different meaning than the individual words

 Examples of phrasal verbs

15 English idioms about relationships and love

There are several idioms used by English speakers to talk about relationships. We will teach you some of them so that you can have conversations about your love life and relationships in general like a native speaker.  

English idioms about love relationships
Julia and Adam just tied the knot.

IdiomMeaning
to get off on the right/wrong foot to make a successful/unsuccessful start in something 
to give someone the cold shoulder to intentionally ignore someone or treat someone in an unfriendly way
to go back a long way refers to people who have known each other for a long time 
to have a soft spot for someone to have a particular fondness or affection for someone or something, often for reasons that are hard to understand or articulate
to cross someone’s pathto come into contact with someone or something, often surprisingly or unexpectedly 
to have friends in high placesto know important people who can help you get what you want
to be an item if two people are an item, they are having a romantic relationship 
the honeymoon is over the end of the short amount of time at the beginning of a new relationship, activity, or pursuit when everything goes well and seems to be free of problems
someone/something is out of someone’s league someone or something is too good or expensive for someone to have
to fall head over heels to be completely in love with someone
a match made in heaven a very successful combination of two people or things
to love something/someone to deathto feel extremely strong affection for someone
lovey-dovey when people show their love for each other in public by touching each other and saying loving things 
to pop the question to propose marriage to someone
to tie the knot to get married

To practice using these idioms, try watching some romantic movies or television series, and listen for these expressions about love or relationships. Sometimes they are even used as the movie titles! What idioms do you have about love or relationships in your first language? Comment below with your ideas or suggestions.