way to a man's heart, the

the way to a man's heart

The best means by which someone can earn or capture a man's affection, approval, or love. Derived from the proverb "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach/belly." A: "Here's your gift—Happy Birthday!" B: "Oh, wow, is this a brand new PlayBox 5 console? Mary, you sure know the way to a man's heart!" A: "You've got to learn how to cook good homemade meals, Bethany. A way to a man's heart is through his belly, after all." B: "Oh, Mama, you're so old-fashioned. If I were even looking for a man, shouldn't he love me for more than my home cooking?"
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way to a man's heart, the

How to win someone’s affection. This term, from the mid-nineteenth century, traditionally was completed “is through his stomach/belly,” meaning that a good meal would win his affection. Edward Albee gave it a cynical twist in his 1962 play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Act 2): “Until you start ploughing pertinent wives, you really aren’t working. The way to a man’s heart is through his wife’s belly, and don’t you forget it.”
See also: to, way
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