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Valentine’s day : History, idioms and phrasal verbs!

Valentine’s day is celebrated every year on February 14th. It’s popularly the day in which couples give each other presents to celebrate their love. In some countries, the celebration has been broadened to include friendship.

Who was Saint Valentine?

According to the BBC “the day gets its name from a famous saint, but there are several stories of who he was. The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret.

When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death. There, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed “from your Valentine”.”

Idioms related to love and dating

To celebrate this Valentine’s Day, here are a few idioms related to love and dating so you can use them on your cards or just in everyday conversations

  • Joined at the hip: two people who are inseparable.

Example: “Carlos and Josephine are joined at the hip.”

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

Example: “My cousin and his girlfriend are like two lovebirds now”

  • Love affair: a romantic relationship between two people who are not married to each other.

Example: “Their love affair began sometime last year.”

  • To fall or to be head over heels in love: to fall deeply in love with someone.

Example: “They met at the conference and instantly fell head over heels in love.”

  • 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

  • To go out with somebody: to have a romantic relationship with someone.

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

  • Chat somebody up: to talk to someone in a way that shows that you are attracted to them.

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

  • Ask somebody out: to invite someone to go out on a date with you.

Example: “You should ask her out sometime.”

  • Fall for somebody: to fall in love with somebody.

Example: “She fell for a handsome younger man.”

  • Hit it off with somebody: to get along very well together.

Example: “Mary and Jacque hit it off straight away.”


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