"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 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.
- "Strange Justice", 2007-08-23. Retrieved on August 25, 2007.