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love-in-idleness

noun
  1. another name for the wild pansy
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Historical Examples

  • "Love-In-Idleness" has passed into a proverb, and lovers, somehow, are not generally supposed to be industrious.

    In the Days of My Youth

    Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards

  • Shakespeare said maidens called it "love-in-idleness," and Drayton named it "heartsease."