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a/one sick puppy
Someone who thinks, speaks, or acts in an aberrant, perverse, sadistic, or gruesome manner. You'd have to be a sick puppy to enjoy a movie as graphic and brutal as that. Whoever did this to these poor animals is one sick puppy, all right. Did you hear about that gruesome murder? Man, whoever did that is one sick puppy.
make puppy dog eyes
To look at someone with a pleading facial expression featuring wide, sad eyes and raised eyebrows. Typically used as a means of persuasion. So-called because of dogs' propensity for giving such looks. A: "Please can I get a doll today, Grandma?" B: "No, and stop making puppy dog eyes. They won't work on me!" Sam makes those puppy dog eyes at girls, and they just instantly fall in love with him!
A TV program that airs on Animal Planet on the afternoon of Super Bowl Sunday. Puppies play on a mock football field, and kittens take the field for the "Kitten Halftime Show." The animals shown are usually available for adoption. Who cares about the Super Bowl—when is Puppy Bowl on?
puppy dog eyes
A pleading facial expression featuring wide, sad eyes and raised eyebrows. Typically used as a means of persuasion. So-called because of dogs' propensity for giving such looks. A: "Please, Grandma?" B: "No, you can't get a doll today, and those puppy dog eyes won't get me to change my mind." Quit looking at me like that! You know I can't resist your puppy dog eyes! Sam makes those puppy dog eyes at girls, and they just fall in love with him!
Deposits of fat that are present in babies and young children but that usually disappear as they grow older. He still had puppy fat in his cheeks as he entered adolescence, which made him appear much younger than he really was. It gives her aunties and uncles no end of delight to pinch the bits of puppy fat around her cheeks and arms.
A state of short-lived infatuation or romantic attraction among children or adolescents. Puppy love is starting to bloom among many of my fifth-graders.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
Fig. mild infatuation; infatuation as in a crush. (Used especially of adolescent relationships.) Is it really love or just puppy love? Look at them together. It may be puppy love, but it looks wonderful.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
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.
Puppy love is love between children or young people that is not considered to be very serious. They wanted to prove that theirs was more than puppy love.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
1. n. a wimp; a softie. That silly puppy is still waiting outside your door.
2. n. a thing; a piece or part of something. Put this little puppy right here.
n. mild infatuation; infatuation as in a crush. Look at them together. It may be puppy love, but it looks wonderful.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
A youthful infatuation, with the implication that it will not last. It is nearly always spoken of disparagingly, as by W. A. Carruthers (A Kentuckian in New York, 1834): “Oh! it is nothing more than puppy love!”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
A juvenile crush, an infatuation. The phrase refers to an adolescent male's total devotion to the object of his affection by displaying the uncritical ardor of a young dog to its owner. “Mooning over” and “calf eyes” are apt phrases for such an affliction. The 1960s teen singing idol Neil Sedaka had a hit record of a song by that name.
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price