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sweet tooth

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noun
  1. a liking or craving for candy and other sweets.
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Origin of sweet tooth

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Historical Examples

  • The Wolf does more than become a Sheep: he turns himself into a sweet-tooth.

    The Mason-bees

    J. Henri Fabre

  • Sweet things are good for a goshawk, which is something of a sweet-tooth.

  • How they laughed, and accused him of having a "sweet-tooth."

  • She evidently had a "sweet-tooth" for confections in dress, just as some people have for actual bonbons.

    Shadows of Flames

    Amelie Rives

  • Is it because a liquorish palate, or a sweet-tooth, as they call it, is not consistent with the sanctity of his character?

    History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)

    Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange


British Dictionary definitions for sweet-tooth

sweet tooth

noun
  1. a strong liking for sweet foods
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Word Origin and History for sweet-tooth

sweet tooth

n.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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