names people in love give each other or call each other:
Break up Ė finishing a relationship
they are having a domestic(informal)
they are having an argument
They have blazing rows
they have very serious, often noisy arguments
(s)he is playing away from home
(s)he is having an affair
To break up with somebody
to finish a relationship with somebody
To split up
to break up
To dump somebody
to finish a relationship with somebody without much thought for the other person
(fixed) expressions, often sweet or apologetic, used to tell a partner, girlfriend or
boyfriend that the relationship is finished or is going to finish:
We need to talk
I just need some space
Itís not you, itís me
I hope that we can always be friends
This is hurting me more than it is hurting you
Itís not enough that we love each other
It simply wasnít meant to be
A secret admirer:
Someone who fancies someone else but keeps it a secret
DRESSED TO IMPRESS | You have three minutes to meet the love of your life
You can't hurry love, at least that's what the songwriters say. Well some people want to disagree. For them there's the new phenomenon of speed dating.
If your quest for love has so far proved fruitless and you feel that time is running out - how about spending a night speed dating? You could meet a dozen potential matches and still get home in time to peruse the personals before bed.
The clock is ticking. Speed dating means you only spend a few minutes with each of your dates, so every second counts
It works like this: an equal number of men and women meet at a café, pair up and chat for a predetermined number of minutes, then when a bell rings it's time to move on to your next mini-date.
A grown up version of musical chairs? Well speed daters say it saves time and provides a safer way to meet - no more waiting for the evening to end when you've worked out in the first couple of minutes that your date's a dud.
After you've speed-dated everyone in the room it's time to come up with your wish-list. You write down who's hot and who's not and if your top picks feel the same about you then the organisers will pass on contact details.
Rate your date! If it goes well for both of you romance could be round the corner
Speed dating, unsurprisingly, comes from the States. It started in January 1999 as a scheme for L.A. Jewish singles to meet. It quickly broke out of that community and has become the hippest way to look for love.
The appeal is that you can meet a lot of people very quickly, which traditionally could have meant months of dating. It is also in some ways less demoralising than regularly trawling singles columns or dating websites.
David, a speed dater from the South East, says, "I think it's for those people who are cash rich time poor. It's a very good way of meeting a large number of the opposite sex in a fun environment and in a condensed period of time. I would definitely do it again and encourage a friend of either sex to come along and give it a whirl".
Luci, another speed dater, says, "It's a great way to meet new people but a gamble as to whether you're going to meet anyone".
However efficiency isn't everything. If your life means that you find it difficult to devote time to finding love, will you have enough time to nurture love if you find it?
Speed Dating - The Rules
Respect the bell - when it's time to move on, move on.
Don't ask judgmental questions about age, occupation or where your date lives.
Don't exchange phone numbers.
Meet everyone - No ducking out to avoid an unlikely prospect.
If speed dating represents the modern solution for the "cash rich; time poor" to find love, does it also mark the death of romance, or just another evolutionary step in human courtship?
Speed dating may be the new way to meet, but after that first date it's down to more traditional methods of dating to ensure love blossoms.
Then it comes down to care, consideration and time. The challenge is whether speed daters can find time for another in their busy schedules.
Perhaps there will be a growth in speed relationships where you don't ever to have to spend more than a few minutes at a time with your "partner".
In the mean time your three minutes start now - Good luck, find your dreams!
News about Britain
Are you single but too busy to search for love? Then you need to try the latest dating phenomenon that is sweeping across the UK - speed dating.
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Speed dating involves men and women meeting in a room and finding out as much as they can about possible partners in three minutes. It's proving very popular with Britain's young people who find that they haven't got the time to meet that special one. At a speed dating event you are given three minutes to talk, one on one,with a member of the opposite sex. Then a bell is rung and you move to another person and start chatting again. By the end of the evening you will have spoken with up to twenty men or women! If, by the end of a conversation, you fancy the person or would like to see them again, you write it down on a card. Then, if the other person also fancies you, the organisers will contact you with their details. But is three minutes long enough to make an impressionand work outif you want to see someone again? Research suggests that chemistry can be felt within the first thirty seconds of meeting someone, and that is what speed dating is all about, knowing quickly if you are going to like someone. And what about romance? Is it possible to make a good judgment in such a short time? After all, people say you can't hurry love. However, Britain will soon have its first marriage from a speed date. So, if you are on a mission to find Mr or Miss Right,what have you got to lose? At worst, you still go home on your own. But at best, the person of your dreams could be just three minutes away.
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