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love at first sight

An instantaneous attraction to someone or something. For example, With Peter and Constance, it was a case of love at first sight, or When Dave saw that car, it was love at first sight. This expression was already used by Chaucer for romantic attraction in Troilus and Cressida: “She loved right from the first sight.” The transfer to objects dates from the first half of the 1900s.

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  • Of these she selects, entirely on the love-at-first-sight principle, a very handsome young man who passes in the street.

  • She recollected her love-at-first-sight for the pretty bride, and well-nigh regarded the friendship as a romance of her girlhood.

    Heartsease

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • It was a sudden smite,—one of those flash-in-the-pan, love-at-first-sight affairs.

    Marion's Faith.

    Charles King