- He is a nice person at heart.
Be in good heart = be happy and hopeful
- Investors are still in good heart, despite recent stock market falls.
Close/dear/near to someone’s heart = very important or interesting to someone
- That is obviously a topic very close to her heart.
Do someone’s heart good = make someone feel happy
Have something at heart
- A mother always has her child’s welfare at heart. (= A mother’s actions are always influenced by her love for her child.)
Have a heart of gold = be a very kind person
Have a heart of stone = be very unsympathetic
Have your heart set on something = decide that you want something very much
- He has his heart set on winning the championship.
Heart goes out to someone = used for saying that you feel sorry for someone else
- My heart goes out to the parents who lost their loved ones in the mishap.
Someone’s heart is not in something = someone has lost interest in something that they are doing
- His heart was no longer in the project.
In someone’s heart / in someone’s heart of hearts
- In his heart of hearts he knew that she was right.
Not have the heart to do something = not be able to do something because it is very cruel.
- I didn’t have the heart to tell him that he had been sacked.
Play / work / sing your heart out = put a lot of effort into playing etc.
- The children played their hearts out.
Cry your heart out = cry a lot
Take something to heart = think about something very seriously
- You must not take everything people say to heart.
To your heart’s content = as much as you like
- She partied to her heart’s content.
Wear / have your heart on your sleeve = be honest about your feelings; express your feelings freely
- She is someone who wears her heart on her sleeve.
With your heart in your mouth = when you have your heart in your mouth you are feeling very nervous.
- She opened the envelope and started reading the letter with her heart in her mouth.