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cupboard love

noun
  1. a personal attachment that appears to be motivated by love but in fact stems from the hope of gain.
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Origin of cupboard love

First recorded in 1750–60
Related formscupboard lover, noun
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Examples from the Web for cupboard love

Historical Examples of cupboard love

  • There's cupboard-love, at any rate; but never mind, let's go and listen to this opera.

    Sarah's School Friend

    May Baldwin

  • Is even then love for one's country but cupboard-love after all?

    Kenelm Chillingly, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton


British Dictionary definitions for cupboard love

cupboard love

noun
  1. a show of love inspired only by some selfish or greedy motive
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