love bite

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love bite (plural love bites)

  1. A swelling on the skin caused by someone (or something) sucking the skin.
    Synonym: (US) hickey
    • 1917 April, Jack London, Jerry of the Islands, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company, →OCLC:
      [] with first a scarlet slash of tongue to cheek, he seized her hand between his teeth and dented the soft skin with a love bite that did not hurt.
    • 1983, “Bad Boys”, in Fantastic, performed by Wham!:
      Easy girls and late nights / Cigarettes and love bites / Why do you have to be so cruel?