love-hate relationship

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love-hate relationship

A relationship or connection with someone or something that is characterized by both very positive and very negative feelings. I've got a bit of a love-hate relationship with this car—I absolutely adore the way it looks and handles on the road, but it has given me nothing but grief with how many times it has broken down. Tom and I have something of a love-hate relationship. When we get along, we're the best pals in the world, but other times we just drive each other crazy.
See also: relationship

love-hate relationship

Fig. a relationship of any kind that involves both devotion and hatred. Tommy has a love-hate relationship with his teacher. Mostly, though, it's hate lately.
See also: relationship
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Stepin Fetchit had a love-hate relationship with the Hollywood motion picture industry: He loved the money and the fame, and he loved being in the presence of and working with John Ford, John Wayne, Rudolph Valentino, Will Rogers, etc.
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It's 1998, and Eva Glenn is a record exec who has a love-hate relationship with her cronies in the music biz.