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sweet tooth

a liking or craving for candy and other sweets.
Origin of sweet tooth
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sweet tooth
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  • Shall I be afraid of eating sweetmeats because people may say I have a sweet tooth?

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 Henry Fielding
  • It's a sweet tooth, that fellow that you hold on upon yet, Mistress Prettybones.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Like his brown congener of Europe he has a sweet tooth, and is greatly given to honey.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • He has a sweet tooth, too, and revels in honey—when he can get it.

  • A little sugar also if you have a sweet tooth—but only a little.

    Dishes & Beverages of the Old South

    Martha McCulloch Williams
British Dictionary definitions for sweet tooth

sweet tooth

a strong liking for sweet foods
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sweet tooth

"fondness for sugary stuff," late 14c., from sweet (adj.) + tooth in the sense of "taste, liking" (see toothsome).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with sweet tooth

sweet tooth

A love for sugary foods, as in You can always please Nell with cake or ice cream; she has a big sweet tooth. This expression dates from the late 1300s, although it then referred not only to sweets but other delicacies as well.
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