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puppy love

temporary infatuation of a boy or girl for another person.
Also called calf love. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He and Helen had a puppy-love affair—they were engaged before Lane went to war.

  • I'm a man grown beyond the puppy-love stage, my dear—and the McKayes are not an impulsive race.

    Kindred of the Dust Peter B. Kyne
  • They're all alike; they can't understand having a straight friendship for a girl without it's being a puppy-love.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
British Dictionary definitions for puppy-love

puppy love

another term for calf love
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for puppy-love

puppy love

noun phrase

Love or infatuation of very young persons; calf love (1834+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with puppy-love

puppy love

Also, calf love. Adolescent love or infatuation, especially one that is not expected to last, as in Beth is besotted with him, but we think it's just puppy love, or He's got a bad case of calf love. [ First half of 1800s ]
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