A Midsummer Night's Dream

what is "love-in-idleness?

and what does it symbolize?
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"Love-in-idleness" is actually a flower, a Pansy in particular. Oberon uses it to take revenge against Titania the fairy queen for not giving up  the "changeling" boy.  "Love-in-idleness" symbolizes instant passion between two people regardless of their history together.