Idioms With Heart | Heart Idioms

At heart

  • 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.
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