Definition of hearts and flowers in US English:

hearts and flowers


  • Used in allusion to extreme sentimentality.

    • ‘All may not be hearts and flowers in her version of domesticity, but neither is she making heavy-handed comments about drudgery.’
    • ‘This week it's all hearts and flowers and flags.’
    • ‘It's about hearts and minds instead of hearts and flowers, says Zwickey.’
    • ‘Some people will always be interested in that, and some people will always be interested in hearts and flowers.’
    • ‘This is the signature of a hearts and flowers, knight in shining armor aspect.’
    • ‘Should it be hearts and flowers, a verse, modern and ‘cool’, cute bears, slightly naughty, innuendo, blatant cheek?’
    • ‘These days, I find that I waver between a desire for solitude and a desire to be part of a relationship - a choice between independence and simplicity, or hearts and flowers (well, OK, maybe not the flowers).’
    • ‘You need romance, hearts and flowers, and lots of conversation to turn you on and keep you going.’
    • ‘As this show proves, the marriage of computers and art is not always about hearts and flowers.’
    • ‘Ben winced and Leo could tell his friend was hoping that the answer was going to be all hearts and flowers.’
    mawkish, over-sentimental, overemotional, cloying, sickly, saccharine, sugary, sugar-coated, syrupy
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