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calf love

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noun
  1. puppy love.

Origin of calf love

First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for calf love

Historical Examples

  • You don't know what a man is; you with your calf-love a day old.

    Romance

    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • I would only fain try a years probation in case its but calf-love.

    The Entail

    John Galt

  • She, deeming him crazy after a severe attack of calf-love, humored his mood.

  • The cause which the flag stands for may be foolish and fleeting; the love may be calf-love, and last for a week.

    A Chesterton Calendar

    G. K. Chesterton

  • His calf-love for Madame de Selinville had entirely faded away in his yearnings after home.

    The Chaplet of Pearls

    Charlotte M. Yonge


British Dictionary definitions for calf love

calf love

noun
  1. temporary infatuation or love of an adolescent for a member of the opposite sexAlso called: puppy love
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