"Cupboard love" 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 the person who feeds it 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.
- "Strange Justice", 2007-08-23. Retrieved on August 25, 2007.