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hearts and flowers

noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
maudlin sentimentality:
The play is a period piece, full of innocence abused and hearts and flowers.
Origin of hearts and flowers
An Americanism dating back to 1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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hearts and flowers

noun phrase

  1. Sentimentality; maudlin appeals, etc: I believed all the hearts and flowers you gave me about being in love with your husband (1920s+)
  2. A knockout (1940s+ Prizefight)

[fr the name of a mournful and sentimental song of about 1908]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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