sweet nothings
Noun
  1. (idiomatic) Insubstantial or romantic words that are only meant to flatter, woo, or seduce.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 16]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630 ↗; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483 ↗:
      [T]he facts, to make matters worse, were made public with the usual affectionate letters that passed between them, full of sweet nothings.
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