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bill and coo

To kiss, nuzzle, and talk sweetly with another person, typically a romantic partner. All my sister and her boyfriend do is bill and coo—it's so nauseating.
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bill and coo

LITERARY, OLD-FASHIONED
If two lovers bill and coo, they kiss and talk together in a loving way. I just have to stand there grinding my teeth while they bill and coo. Note: In this expression, lovers are being compared to a pair of doves touching their beaks or bills together and cooing.
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bill and coo

exchange caresses or affectionate words; behave or talk in a very loving or sentimental way. informal, dated
The image is of two doves, a long-established symbol of mutual love.
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bill and coo

in. to kiss and cuddle. (In the manner of love birds.) Keep an eye on those kids. They aren’t going to be satisfied with billing and cooing forever, you know.
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bill and coo

To kiss or caress and murmur endearments.
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bill and coo

To hug and kiss. A sweet old-fashioned phrase for necking, making out, smooching, or playing kissy-face—the way that courting birds touch bills and emit soft cooing noises before they get down to the real mating game.
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References in classic literature ?
For one so badly wounded," observed Sancho at this point, "this young man has a great deal to say; they should make him leave off billing and cooing, and attend to his soul; for to my thinking he has it more on his tongue than at his teeth.
Bon Dieu, I say, is it not hard that the fateful rush of the great Imperial struggle can't take place without affecting a poor little harmless girl of eighteen, who is occupied in billing and cooing, or working muslin collars in Russell Square?
What will he say when, instead of a pair of plump turtle doves, billing and cooing in a bower of roses, he finds a single lean cormorant, standing mateless and shelterless on poverty's bleak cliff?