“I love you to bits” – What it really means!

The phrase “I love you to bits” is highly meaningful. More than you might think.  Many people think it means: “I love you a lot”, “I love you so much” or “I really really love you”… but if someone says they love you to bits (or other variations, such as “pieces”) then what it actually means is that there’s a but.

Next time you hear it, listen out.

“I love him to bits BUT I’m not sure if I’m ready to get married.”

“I love my sister to bits BUT at the moment she’s being a complete nightmare!”

“I loved her to bits… BUT it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Love to bits

If you love someone – no questions, no buts – you say “I love you”, “I love him”, “I love her”… you get the picture.

Adding “to bits” means you can’t just say you love them and stop there.

There’s a but.

It’s ok. Don’t panic. I’m not saying if someone says they love you to bits you should run for the hills. But… you should address the problem. Or in this case, the “but”.

Hayley x



  1. Sorry don’t agree with you. It’s just a saying, like “i love you “… “i love all of you”…. “i love you this much”….”i love you to bits”….. It doesn’t have to mean there is a “but” coming following this. I had plenty of people say to me “i love you to bits”….And no but… Followed. My mum just said to my partner and myself over a text message.. “can’t wait to see you both love you both to bits xxxxx”. So I think the above information is not correct. You also say people should address the problem, sometimes there is no problem Nd you could be freaking people out. Trust me if someone says that to me I wouldn’t be freaking out or think there’s something underlining, we Aussies say it all the time without a “but” to follow. Hope that puts some peoples mind at ease. And remember your explanation is just a “theory”.
    Yours sincerely, joel.


  2. Interesting theory but It doesn’t apply to everyone, my granny tells me love you to bits, same as my mum and there’s no buts, it’s just a cute way to say I love you…


  3. I’ve paid attention to this theory every time I hear someone say “to bits” and must say it’s very accurate…. after thinking bs the first time I heard it.


  4. It doesn’t necessarily have to come with a “but” afterwards. Honestly, I’ve never heard of that before. I bet neither have you. Normally they just say “to bits” and stop there. It’s a saying with not extra meaning to it. Unless they add the “but”. In that case, you would be right.


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