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Twenty Five Idioms about the Heart


With Valentine’s Day just days away, this week we’re looking at idioms that concern the heart. Click here to read last year’s Valentine’s Day post.

  1. “Eat your heart out!” – an expression used to tell someone you think they will experience jealousy, regret, or anguish

  2. From the bottom of my heart – with utmost sincerity (and usually regret)

  3. “Have a heart!” – “Show some pity!”, “Try and be sympathetic!”

  4. Heart and soul – energy, enthusiasm

  5. In a heartbeat – immediately

  6. “My heart bleeds for/goes out to…” – “I feel very sorry for/sympathetic towards…”

  7. To find it in your heart to do something – to summon up willingness to do something

  8. To follow your heart – to act according to your emotions and desires and not necessarily in the most rational, sensible way

  9. To get to the heart of something – to understand the central, most essential aspect of something

  10. To have a change of heart – to change your mind

  11. To have a heart of gold/stone – to be generous and kind/cold and cruel

  12. To have a heart to heart – to have an intimate conversation

  13. To have your heart miss/skip a beat – to be startled or surprised

  14. To have your heart in the right place – to be well intentioned

  15. To have your heart set against something – to be against something

  16. To have your heart set on something – to want something very much

  17. To know in your heart of hearts – to know something as true despite not wanting to believe it

  18. To know/learn something off by heart – to know something from memory/to memorise something

  19. To lose heart – to give up, to feel discouraged, to lose hope

  20. To not have your heart in something – to not really want to do something

  21. To pour your heart out – to vent your feelings

  22. To take something to heart – to take something seriously (and usually with offence)

  23. To tug at someone’s heartstrings – to appeal to someone’s emotions, to make someone feel sad, guilty, and/or sympathetic

  24. To wear your heart on your sleeve – to openly express your feelings

  25. With a heavy heart – with sorrow and regret

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09 Feb 2015
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