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    Synonymous phrases

    Some phrase drew my attention lately, " I love you to bits and pieces", it is really cute in the sense " showing strong love for someone".
    I just wonder if there is any suggestions for synonymous phrases.

    Let's what's there in English for that exact meaning!

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    Reemy

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    Re: Synonymous phrases

    Hello Reemy

    The usual form is "(to) love (someone) to bits"; "(to) love (someone) to bits and pieces" is a less common variant ("bits and pieces" is another set phrase, which means "a collection of disparate things").

    I can't think of an exact synonym. "I love you to bits (and pieces)" implies "I love you very much" + "I love even the smallest part of you".

    The phrase is often said with an intonation of extreme relish. People say it about pets and children too; to my ears, it has the same atmosphere as e.g. "he's so cute I could eat him".

    I think it's probably safe to say that, on the whole, the phrase is less used by men. (But I'm happy to be corrected.)

    All the best,

    MrP

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    Re: Synonymous phrases

    I suppose the exact meaning of any such phrase is always going to defy us. That's the charm in it! But to my ear, "love you to bits (and pieces)" sounds like a playful inversion of something like "smash it to bits". "love you to death" is similar. It doesn't literally mean anything as sappy as "love and respect you 'till death do us part". It is another playful inversion of "beat you to death". Such playful inversions can, obviously, make for very pretty and heartfelt words between lovers. This is, after all, pretty serious stuff!

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    Re: Synonymous phrases

    Thank you all for sharing me your ideas!!

    Reemy

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