No love lost
Posted: 11 May 2018 01:45 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I have it in my mind that the expression was ambiguous in its early days but I thought if had settled down to mean that the two parties had no love for each other.  given that what do you make of something like this?
And despite joining the Cardinals following the 2016 season, there is no love lost between the Cubs and their fans for Fowler.

Posted: 11 May 2018 04:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The writer clearly either (1)doesn’t understand the expression “no love lost”, or (2) wasn’t using it in the common sense.  Note the sentence immediately following the line you quote:  “We love this man.”

Given that they love this man, I suspect he meant ‘There has been no loss of love between the Cubs and their fans for Fowler.’ This is what happens when publishers dispense with copy editors.

Posted: 11 May 2018 09:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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It’s an interesting phrase. OED has entries for both positive and negative senses, ie mutual affection and no affection. (The earlier sense is marked as obsolete.)

love, n.1 P7

a. In a positive sense: ‘their (our, etc.) affection is mutual’. Obs.

1600 B. Jonson Every Man out of his Humor ii. i. sig. E.ii Car… Hee loues you well Signior. Sog. There shall be no loue lost Sir. 
c1640 R. Davenport Surv. Sci. in Wks. (1890) 327 Oh my sweete! Sure there is no loue lost when you two meete.
1696 W. Bates Acct. Life P. Henry (1699) 8 Dr. Busby..took a particular Kindness to him,..and there was no Love lost betwixt them.

b. In a negative sense: ‘they (we, etc.) have no love for each other’.

?1622 J. Taylor Trav. Twelve-pence in Wks. (1630) i. 71 They loue me not, which makes ‘em quickly spend me. But there’s no great loue lost ‘twixt them and mee, We keepe asunder and so best agree.
1751 S. Richardson Clarissa (ed. 3) III. xxv. 134 He must needs say, there was no love lost between some of my family and him; but he had not deserved of them what they had of him.

Posted: 11 May 2018 01:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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This is what happens when publishers dispense with copy editors.

And when sportswriters read nothing but sports coverage.

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