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A labor of love

  • a labor undertaken on account of regard for some person, or through pleasure in the work itself, without expectation of reward.
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acid-loving

  • adjective thriving in a relatively acidic environment (especially of plants requiring a pH well below 7)
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african love grass

  • noun perennial South African grass having densely clumped flimsy stems; introduced into United States especially for erosion control
    African love grass; Eragrostis curvula.
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agape love

  • noun selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature)
    agape.
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alkaline-loving

  • adjective thriving in a relatively alkaline environment; (especially of plants requiring a pH above 7)
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Apple of love, or Love apple

  • the tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum).
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best-loved

  • adjective satellite preferred above all others and treated with partiality
    preferent; favored; pet; favorite; preferred; favourite.
    • the favored child
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Boy's love

  • a popular English name of Southernwood (Artemisia abrotonum);) called also lad's love.
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brotherly love

  • noun a kindly and lenient attitude toward people
    charity.
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calf love

  • noun temporary love of an adolescent
    crush; calf love; infatuation.
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city of brotherly love

  • noun the largest city in Pennsylvania; located in the southeastern part of the state on the Delaware river; site of Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed; site of the University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia.
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courtly love

  • noun (Middle Ages) a highly conventionalized code of conduct for lovers
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Cupboard love

  • noun a show of affection motivated by selfishness
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  • interested love, or that which has an eye to the cupboard. "A cupboard love is seldom true." Poor Robin. Colloq.
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dear-loved

Dear"-loved` adjective
Definitions
  1. Greatly beloved. Shak.
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erotic love

  • noun a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction
    erotic love; love.
    • their love left them indifferent to their surroundings
    • she was his first love
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fall in love

  • verb begin to experience feelings of love towards
    • She fell in love with her former student
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filial love

  • noun the love of a child for a parent
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for love or money

  • adverb under any circumstances
    for anything; for any price; for all the world.
    • she wouldn't give up her pets for love or money
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Free love

  • noun sexual intercourse between individuals who are not married to one another
    extramarital sex.
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  • the doctrine or practice of consorting with one of the opposite sex, at pleasure, without marriage. See Free love.
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Free lover

  • one who avows or practices free love.
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free-love

Free"-love` noun
Definitions
  1. The doctrine or practice of consorting with the opposite sex, at pleasure, without marriage.
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home-loving

  • adjective satellite devoted to home duties and pleasures
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In love

  • adjective satellite marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness
    infatuated; smitten; taken with; enamored; potty; soft on.
    • gaga over the rock group's new album
    • he was infatuated with her
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  • in the act of loving; said esp. of the love of the sexes; as, to be in love; to fall in love.
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labor of love

  • noun productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensation
    labor of love.
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labour of love

  • noun productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensation
    labor of love.
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Lad's love

  • noun aromatic herb of temperate Eurasia and North Africa having a bitter taste used in making the liqueur absinthe
    old man; Artemisia absinthium; common wormwood; absinthe.
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  • . (Bot.) See Boy's love, under Boy.
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light-o'-love

  • noun a woman inconstant in love
    light-o'-love.
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Light"-o'-love` noun
Definitions
  1. An old tune of a dance, the name of which made it a proverbial expression of levity, especially in love matters. Nares. "Best sing it to the tune of light-o'-love." Shak.
  2. Hence: A light or wanton woman. Beau. & Fl.
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light-of-love

  • noun a woman inconstant in love
    light-o'-love.
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love affair

  • noun a relationship between two lovers
    romance.
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Love apple

  • noun native to South America; widely cultivated in many varieties
    tomato; tomato plant; Lycopersicon esculentum.
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  • (Bot.), the tomato.
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Love bird

  • (Zoöl.), any one of several species of small, short-tailed parrots, or parrakeets, of the genus Agapornis, and allied genera. They are mostly from Africa. Some species are often kept as cage birds, and are celebrated for the affection which they show for their mates.
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love bite

  • noun a temporary red mark on a person's skin resulting from kissing or sucking by their lover
    hickey.
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Love broker

  • a person who for pay acts as agent between lovers, or as a go-between in a sexual intrigue. Shak.
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Love charm

  • a charm for exciting love. Ld. Lytton.
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Love child

  • noun the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents
    bastard; whoreson; illegitimate; by-blow; illegitimate child.
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  • . an illegitimate child. Jane Austen.
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Love day

  • a day formerly appointed for an amicable adjustment of differences. Obs. Piers Plowman. Chaucer.
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Love drink

  • a love potion; a philter. Chaucer.
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Love favor

  • something given to be worn in token of love.
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Love feast

  • noun a social gathering intended to create goodwill among the participants
  • noun a religious meal shared as a sign of love and fellowship
    agape.
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  • a religious festival, held quarterly by some religious denominations, as the Moravians and Methodists, in imitation of the agapæ of the early Christians.
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Love feat

  • the gallant act of a lover. Shak.
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Love game

  • a game, as in tennis, in which the vanquished person or party does not score a point.
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Love grass

  • noun any of various grasses of the genus Eragrostis; specially useful for forage and for the prevention of erosion
    bay grass.
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  • . G. liebesgras. (Bot.) Any grass of the genus Eragrostis.
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love handle

  • noun excess fat around the waistline
    spare tire.
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Love juice

  • juice of a plant supposed to produce love. Shak.
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Love knot

  • noun a stylized or decorative knot used as an emblem of love
    lovers' knot; true lover's knot; true lovers' knot; lover's knot.
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  • a knot or bow, as of ribbon; so called from being used as a token of love, or as a pledge of mutual affection. Milman.
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Love lass

  • a sweetheart.
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Love letter

  • noun a personal letter to a loved one expressing affection
    billet doux.
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  • a letter of courtship. Shak.
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love life

  • noun sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people
    making love; love life; love; lovemaking.
    • his lovemaking disgusted her
    • he hadn't had any love in months
    • he has a very complicated love life
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love line

  • noun a crease on the palm; palmists say it indicates your emotional nature
    line of heart; heart line; mensal line.
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love lyric

  • noun the lyric of a love song
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Love match

  • noun a marriage for love's sake; not an arranged marriage
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  • a marriage brought about by love alone.
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Love potion

  • a compounded draught intended to excite love, or venereal desire.
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Love rites

  • sexual intercourse. Pope
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Love scene

  • an exhibition of love, as between lovers on the stage.
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love seat

  • noun small sofa that seats two people
    vis-a-vis; loveseat; tete-a-tete.
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love song

  • noun a song about love or expressing love for another person
    love song.
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love story

  • noun a story dealing with love
    romance.
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Love suit

  • courtship. Shak.
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love tree

  • noun small tree of the eastern Mediterranean having abundant purplish-red flowers growing on old wood directly from stems and appearing before the leaves: widely cultivated in mild regions; wood valuable for veneers
    Circis siliquastrum; Judas tree.
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love vine

  • noun leafless parasitic vine with dense clusters of small white bell-shaped flowers on orange-yellow stems that twine around clover or flax
    Cuscuta gronovii.
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Love-in-a-mist

  • noun tropical American passion flower with finely dissected bracts; stems malodorous when crushed
    Passiflora foetida; wild water lemon; running pop.
  • noun chickweed with hairy silver-grey leaves and rather large white flowers
    snow-in-summer; Cerastium tomentosum.
  • noun European garden plant having finely cut leaves and white or pale blue flowers
    Nigella damascena.
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  • . (Bot.) (a) An herb of the Buttercup family (Nigella Damascena) having the flowers hidden in a maze of finely cut bracts . (b) The West Indian Passiflora foetida, which has similar bracts.
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Love-in-idleness

  • noun a common and long cultivated European herb from which most common garden pansies are derived
    pink of my John; wild pansy; Johnny-jump-up; Viola tricolor; heartsease.
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  • (Bot.), a kind of violet; the small pansy.
    A little western flower, Before milk-white, now purple with love's wound; And maidens call it love-in-idleness. Shak.
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love-in-winter

  • noun Eurasian herb with white or pinkish flowers in a terminal corymb
    western prince's pine; Chimaphila umbellata; Chimaphila corymbosa.
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Love-lies-bleeding

  • noun young leaves widely used as leaf vegetables; seeds used as cereal
    velvet flower; tassel flower; Amaranthus caudatus.
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  • (Bot.), a species of amaranth (Amarantus melancholicus).
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love-making

Love"-mak`ing noun
Definitions
  1. Courtship. Bacon.
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love-philter

  • noun a drink credited with magical power; can make the one who takes it love the one who gave it
    philtre; love-philtre; love-philter; philter.
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love-philtre

  • noun a drink credited with magical power; can make the one who takes it love the one who gave it
    philtre; love-philtre; love-philter; philter.
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love-potion

  • noun a drink credited with magical power; can make the one who takes it love the one who gave it
    philtre; love-philtre; love-philter; philter.
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love-sick

Love"-sick` adjective
Definitions
  1. Languishing with love or amorous desire; as, a love-sick maid.
    To the dear mistress of my love-sick mind. Dryden.
  2. Originating in, or expressive of, languishing love.
    Where nightingales their love-sick ditty sing. Dryden.
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love-sickness

Love"-sick`ness noun
Definitions
  1. The state of being love-sick.
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love-song

  • noun a song about love or expressing love for another person
    love song.
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love-token

  • noun keepsake given as a token of love
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loved one

  • noun a person who you love, usually a member of your family
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loving cup

  • noun a large drinking vessel (usually with two handles) that people drink out of in turn at a banquet
  • noun a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition
    cup.
    • the school kept the cups is a special glass case
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loving-kindness

  • noun tender kindness motivated by a feeling of affection
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Lov"ing-kind"ness noun
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  1. Tender regard; mercy; favor. Ps. lxxxix. 33.
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make love

  • verb have sexual intercourse with
    love; fuck; sleep with; have it away; screw; have intercourse; get it on; lie with; hump; make out; get laid; have a go at it; bonk; eff; have sex; jazz; be intimate; know; have it off; bang; bed; do it; roll in the hay; sleep together.
    • This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm
    • Adam knew Eve
    • Were you ever intimate with this man?
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making love

  • noun sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people
    making love; love life; love; lovemaking.
    • his lovemaking disgusted her
    • he hadn't had any love in months
    • he has a very complicated love life
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Oboe d'amore It., lit., oboe of love, and Oboe di caccia

  • It., lit., oboe of the chase, are names of obsolete modifications of the oboe, often found in the scores of Bach and Handel.
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Of all loves

  • for the sake of all love; by all means. Obs. "Mrs. Arden desired him of all loves to come back again." Holinshed.
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peace-loving

  • adjective satellite inclined or disposed to peace
    peaceable.
    • they met in a peaceable spirit
    • peace-loving citizens
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Platonic love

  • a pure, spiritual affection, subsisting between persons of opposite sex, unmixed with carnal desires, and regarding the mind only and its excellences; a species of love for which Plato was a warm advocate. = Platonic relation
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puppy love

  • noun temporary love of an adolescent
    crush; calf love; infatuation.
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rock-loving

  • adjective satellite of plants that flourish in a rocky environment
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self-love

  • noun feelings of excessive pride
    conceit; amour propre; vanity.
  • noun an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself
    narcism; narcissism.
    • self-love that shut out everyone else
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Self`-love` noun
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  1. The love of one's self; desire of personal happiness; tendency to seek one's own benefit or advantage. Shak.
    Self-love, the spring of motion, acts the soul. Pope.
    Syn. -- Selfishness. -- Self-love, Selfishness. The term self-love is used in a twofold sense: 1. It denotes that longing for good or for well-being which actuates the breasts of all, entering into and characterizing every special desire. In this sense it has no moral quality, being, from the nature of the case, neither good nor evil. 2. It is applied to a voluntary regard for the gratification of special desires. In this sense it is morally good or bad according as these desires are conformed to duty or opposed to it. Selfishness is always voluntary and always wrong, being that regard to our own interests, gratification, etc., which is sought or indulged at the expense, and to the injury, of others. "So long as self-love does not degenerate into selfishness, it is quite compatible with true benevolence." Fleming. "Not only is the phrase self-love used as synonymous with the desire of happiness, but it is often confounded with the word selfishness, which certainly, in strict propriety, denotes a very different disposition of mind." Slewart.
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self-loving

  • adjective satellite characteristic of those having an inflated idea of their own importance
    egotistic; narcissistic; egotistical.
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sexual love

  • noun a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction
    erotic love; love.
    • their love left them indifferent to their surroundings
    • she was his first love
  • noun sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people
    making love; love life; love; lovemaking.
    • his lovemaking disgusted her
    • he hadn't had any love in months
    • he has a very complicated love life
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sun-loving

  • adjective satellite (of plants) flourishing in strong sunlight
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tender loving care

  • noun considerate and solicitous care
    TLC.
    • young children need lots of TLC
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The god of love, ∨ Love god

  • Cupid.
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To make love to

  • to express affection for; to woo. "If you will marry, make your loves to me." Shak.
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To play for love

  • to play a game, as at cards, without stakes. "A game at piquet for love." Lamb.
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water-loving

  • adjective satellite (of plants) flourishing with lots of water
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weeping love grass

  • noun perennial South African grass having densely clumped flimsy stems; introduced into United States especially for erosion control
    African love grass; Eragrostis curvula.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

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