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sweet tooth

a liking or craving for candy and other sweets.
Origin of sweet tooth
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sweet tooth
  • Rabbits have a tendency for a sweet tooth and, given the opportunity, will eat only sweets and not hay or greens.
  • And it turns out that kids with a sweet tooth see themselves as sweet.
  • His curiosity gets him into all kinds of trouble, and his sweet tooth puts his life in danger more than once.
  • The sweet confections from these bakeries have put them on the map, and indulging in one of them will satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Soothe sweet tooth cravings with too many flavors of licorice to list here.
  • If you have a sweet tooth, don't miss the crispy pecan waffle, dressed with a pecan praline syrup.
  • If your sweet tooth needs satisfying, you might opt for the chocolate-filled beignets.
  • For a unique treat, diners might want to try the homemade pancake-flavored ice cream on a waffle cone to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Vegans with a sweet tooth can choose from a wide selection of vegan pies, cakes and cupcakes as well.
  • Diners with a sweet tooth may opt for the double chocolate pancakes or apple caramel walnut pancakes.
British Dictionary definitions for sweet tooth

sweet tooth

a strong liking for sweet foods
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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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