cupboard lovenoun [ U ]uk /ˈkʌb.əd ˌlʌv/ us /ˈkʌb.ɚd ˌlʌv/ UK
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- He wants love, not gifts, from his people, a love which on their part does not fawn for other gifts from him in return, like the cupboard love of kittens purring for cream.
- Not that there was any cupboard love in his little sweet—she was a bundle of affection.
- Perhaps my enthusiasm for California sounds a little like cupboard love.
- Then, with the rather bitter cynicism of the old, he wondered for a second whether it was not cupboard love which made Irene put up with him.