› love shown by someone, typically a child or an animal, in order to get something that they want such as food'
(Definition of cupboard love noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/br...
(British & Australian)
love that you give in order to get something from someone I suspected all along it was just cupboard love, and what she really liked about him was his car.
Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2006.
is an English phrase referring to affection that is given purely to gain a reward.
The term derives from the way in which a cat will give a cupboard containing its food superficial "love" (which is not normally exhibited) when it wants to be fed. The phrase is most often applied to human activity, for example when a child will say "I love you so much" before or after requesting a treat, for example an ice cream.'http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupboard_love
Cupboard Love 2: A Dictionary of Culinary Curiosities:
is love pretended to the cook in the hopes that a meal or snack will result. Although the strategy has been exploited since the invention of the cookie jar, the term itself did not emerge until the middle of the eighteenth century. This practice of feigning affection was also known in the eighteenth century by a less endearing name, lump-love
, the idea again being that the true object of the the pretender's desire is a lump of food.http://books.google.ch/books?id=qn-DASgdhiAC...Siehe auch: cupboard love