Definition of cupboard love in English:

cupboard love


  • [mass noun] Affection that is feigned in order to obtain something.

    ‘Midge holds her son and her daughter-in-law by cupboard love, having become an excellent cook’
    • ‘Throughout Jung's lifetime, most psychologists maintained that children were passive recipients of maternal care and that they became attached to their mothers because they were fed by them (the so-called cupboard love theory).’
    • ‘His attempt at cupboard love by saying that a possible anagram of dayorama is ‘adora-amy’, doesn't help.’