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be an item

To be a romantic couple. I thought Luke and Andrea broke up—is it true that they're an item again?
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collector's item

An item that is especially noteworthy for its value, rarity, and/or history and would thus be prized by someone who collects such things. We went through my grandfather's attic and came upon a number of different collector's items, from rare toys to vintage rifles.
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hot item

1. Something that is selling very well. That toy has been a hot item in my store for months—I can barely keep it in stock!
2. A particularly passionate romantic couple. A: "Mike and Sue sure seem like a hot item these days." B: "I know, they can hardly keep their hands off each other!"
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

collector's item

An object of great interest, value, or rarity, as in This necklace is a collector's item. Originating in the early 1900s as collector's piece, a usage still common in Britain, the term in its present form is occasionally transferred to persons as well, as in The Beach Boys became a collector's item on the tour. [c. 1930]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

be an item

INFORMAL
If two people are an item, they are having a romantic or sexual relationship. She and Gino were an item.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

be an item

(of a couple) be involved in an established romantic or sexual relationship. informal
1997 Independent ‘It is fair to say they are an item but they are not engaged,’ said one of Mr Brown's closest confidantes.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

be an ˈitem

(informal) be involved in a romantic or sexual relationship: Are they an item?
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

hot item

1. n. an item that sells well. This little thing is a hot item this season.
2. n. a romantically serious couple. Sam and Mary are quite a hot item lately.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

big-ticket item, a

An expensive purchase; a large outlay. Ticket refers either to the price tag or to the banking term meaning a preliminary record of a transaction before it is posted in a permanent book of account. The term originated in the United States about 1940 and is a borderline cliché.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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