One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
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