absence makes the heart grow fonder

Cf. PROPERTIUS Elegies II. xxxiiib. I. 43 semper in absentes felicior aestus amantes, passion [is] always warmer towards absent lovers.

c 1850 in T. H. Bayly Isle of Beauty (rev. ed.) iii. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

1923 Observer 11 Feb. 9 These saws are constantly cutting one another’s throats. How can you reconcile the statement that ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’ with ‘Out of sight, out of mind’?

1992 A. LAMBERT Rather English Marriage (1993) xi. 178 Absence may have made his heart grow fonder, but it hasn’t done wonders for mine.

2002 Spectator 9 Feb. 63 In this way you can keep her at bay indefinitely, or at least until such time as her absence has made your heart grow fonder.


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  • absence makes the heart grow fonder — ► absence makes the heart grow fonder proverb you feel more affection for those you love when parted from them. Main Entry: ↑absence …   English terms dictionary

  • absence makes the heart grow fonder — This idiom means that when people are apart, their love grows stronger …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • absence makes the heart grow fonder — proverb you feel more affection for those you love when parted from them * * * absence makes the heart grow fonder see ↑absence • • • Main Entry: ↑heart * * * ˌabsence makes the heart grow ˈfonder idiom (saying) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder. — something that you say which means being apart from someone that you love makes you love them even more. My boyfriend s going to South America and I won t see him for six months. Ah well, absence makes the heart grow fonder …   New idioms dictionary

  • absence makes the heart grow fonder — Meaning The lack of something increases the desire for it. Origin Used in Francis Davidson s Poetical Rhapsody, 1602. Also in Thomas Haynes Bayly s (1797 1839) Isle of Beauty. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, Isle of Beauty, Fare thee well! …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • absence makes the heart grow fonder — when friends are apart they like each other more    When she s away I m very lonely. Absence does make the heart grow fonder …   English idioms

  • absence makes the heart grow fonder — people or things become dearer to us when they are absent or gone …   English contemporary dictionary

  • absence makes the heart grow fonder —    This idiom means that when people are apart, their love grows stronger.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder —   This idiom means that when people are apart, their love grows stronger …   Dictionary of English idioms

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