In the last of these three ‘heart’ posts I’ll be looking at phrases for expressing emotions. There are quite a lot and I won’t be able to cover them all so if you can think of a useful ‘heart’ idiom or phrase on this theme that I haven’t included, do please leave a note below.
‘Heart’ features in a number of idioms that convey something relating to sadness. For example, the phrase cry/sob your heart out is used to emphasize how much someone is crying:
I found poor Ellie sobbing her heart out in her bedroom.
The little girl made a heart-rending plea for the release of her father.
It’s the heart-wrenching story of a child caught between his warring parents.
If you do something with a heavy heart, you do it sadly and reluctantly:
It was with a heavy heart that I hung up my football boots for the last time.
I left New York with a heavy heart.
I know what it’s like to watch your child suffer so my heart goes out to them.
My heart aches for the parents of the missing boy.
My heart bleeds for this little boy who will never know his mother.
You can also use this last phrase sarcastically to mean that you feel no sympathy for someone, especially a rich person who only has to deal with a small problem:
It must be terrible for him having to sell one of his four houses. My heart bleeds for him.
Later that evening, she poured her heart out about her failed marriage.
Over a drink, he opened his heart to me.
Someone who makes their feelings obvious, making no attempt to hide them, may be said to wear their heart on their sleeve:
Rick wears his heart on his sleeve – he always has done.
Finally, a heart-to-heart or a heart-to-heart chat/discussion, etc. is a conversation between two people in which they talk seriously and explain their true feelings:
I made the decision after a heart-to-heart with my sister.
We had a heart-to-heart chat and I got a few things off my chest.
That concludes my three-part post on ‘heart’ senses and phrases. I hope you found some senses or phrases that were new to you.