In the heartland (of a country)
We will try to get to the heart of the matter to better understand the most important things about words and their stories. So take heart. Have no fear about learning new expressions. Besides, popular English words can be fun. There is no need for a heavy heart. Such feelings of sadness would only break my heart, or make me feel unhappy and hopeless.
If you and I were speaking freely about something private we would be having a heart to heart discussion. I might speak from the bottom of my heart, or say things honestly and truthfully. I might even open up my heart to you and tell a secret. I would speak with all my heart, or with great feeling.
When a person shares her feelings freely and openly like this, you might say she wears her heart on her sleeve, or on her clothing. Her emotions are not protected.
If we had an honest discussion, both of us would know that the other person’s heart is in the right place. For example, I would know that you are a kind-hearted and well-meaning person. And, if you are a very good person, I would even say that you have a heart of gold. However, you might have a change of heart based on what I tell you. Our discussion might cause you to change the way you feel about something.
But, let us suppose you get angry over what I tell you. Or worse, you feel no sympathy or understanding for me or my situation. If this happens, I might think that you have a heart of stone. And, if you say something to make me frightened or worried, my heart might stand still or skip a beat.
Yet, even though you may be angry, I would know that at heart, you are a kind person. In reality, you do care. And any argument between us would not cause me to lose heart or feel a sense of loss.
My heart goes out to anyone who loses a friend over an argument. It really is a sad situation, and I feel sympathy for the people involved.
I promise that what I have told you today is true – cross my heart.
I really wanted to play some music at the end of this feature. In fact, I had my heart set on it. So here it is, “Don’t Go Breaking my Heart” by Elton John.
Their hearts sank.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ.
Break someone’s heart
Definition: hurt someone, usually romantically, or to cause some great disappointment
Cross your heart and hope to die
Definition: Phrase meaning that you swear you are telling the truth
Eat your heart out
Definition: to be jealous or envious of someone else
Follow your heart
Definition: Do what you believe is right
From the bottom of my heart
Definition: Usually used in the first person, this phrase means that you are completely sincere
Get at the heart of the matter
Definition: Discuss the main issue, concern
Be halfhearted about something
Definition: Not do or take something completely seriously
Have a change of heart
Definition: Change one’s mind
Have a heart of gold
Definition: Be very trustworthy and well meaning
Have a heart of stone
Definition: Be cold, unforgiving
Have a heart-to-heart talk
Definition: Have an open and honest discussion with someone
Have your heart in the right place / One’s heart in the right place
Definition: To mean well, have the right intentions
Know something by heart / learn something by heart
Definition: Know something such as lines in a play, or music perfectly, to be able to perform something by memory
Have one’s heart set on something / set against something
Definition: Absolutely want something / Absolutely not want something
One’s heart misses a beat / One’s heart skips a beat
Definition: To be completely surprised by something
Pour one’s heart out
Definition: Confess or confide in someone
Definition: Have courage