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Puppy love (used as a noun)

First Example:
Chris said your son is dating?
That’s what he’s telling everyone.
I thought he was only 13!
He is. It’s only puppy love. But he and his girlfriend are so cute together.
I remember my first girlfriend. We were both 12, and her name was… actually,
I don’t remember her name.
Don’t tell my son that. He told me he’s going to marry this girl one day.

Meaning: The expression puppy love” refers to the strong feelings
at the beginning of a relationship, often used for young people and implying
that the relationship won’t last. Here, Carol says that her 13-year-old son’s
relationship is only “puppy love,”
which Tom seems to agree with when he can’t remember the name of his girlfriend
when he was 12.

Second Example:
met her husband in high school; they were both only 17. Their parents and
friends said it was just puppy love,
and that they’d never last. But they got married 3 years later, and they have been
happily married for 20 years now.

Meaning: The expression puppy love” is also often used in
this context, referring to relationships that started at a young age but
developed into something long term.

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