heart idioms list
Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the word ‘heart’. It’ll break my heart if you don’t.
- absence makes the heart grow fonder
meaning – being away from someone you love makes you appreciate them more
example – Stevie is going away for five weeks, we’ll see if absence makes the heart grow fonder.
- break someone’s heart
meaning – cause someone emotional distress/pain
example – Our perfect cat got eaten by a crocodile today. It’s going to break the children’s hearts.
- eat your heart out
meaning – better than the original (usually a celebrity)
example – Look at my quiff! Elvis Presley eat your heart out.
- from the bottom of one’s heart
meaning – to emphasise sincerity/honesty/truthfulness
example – I just called to say I love you and I mean it from the bottom of my heart.
- have a change of heart
meaning – change your mind/opinion
example – My boss wants to transfer me to Italy. I hope he has a change of heart, I like it here.
- have a heart
meaning – be kinder, more compassionate
example – Don’t give him detention, his grandad died yesterday. Have a heart sir.
- have one’s heart in the right place
meaning – have good intentions
example – Her heart is in the right place, but I need a woman with more fire in her belly.
- heart of gold
meaning – a kind/generous person with a big heart
example – She may look like a witch, but she’s got a heart of gold.
- heart sinks
meaning – feel disappointed
example – Jack’s heart will sink if he isn’t picked for the team
- heart skips a beat
meaning – the feeling of fear/nervousness/excitement
example – My heart skipped a beat when I received a phone call from the hospital.
- heart to heart
meaning – an intimate conversation where you talk about feelings/personal things
example – I had a heart to heart with Ellie, we’ve decided to put the past behind us.
- learn off by heart
meaning – memorise
example – I need to learn my lines off by heart by Tuesday. We are having a dress rehearsal.
- pour one’s heart out
meaning – express your emotions, feelings, thoughts, or secrets to someone
example – When I drink vodka, I always pour my heart out to a complete stranger.
- put one’s heart and soul into something
meaning – apply maximum effort, energy, enthusiasm, passion etc.
example – Lexi put her heart and soul into that assignment, but the teacher only gave her a C.
- take something to heart
meaning – be deeply affected/hurt by criticism
example – I called him an idiot and he took it to heart, we’re not speaking.
- warm the cockles of one’s heart
meaning – a warm and happy feeling
example – I’ll tell you a story about a little girl and a homeless man. It’ll warm the cockles of your heart.
- wear one’s heart on one’s sleeve
meaning – openly show emotion and feeling
example – Leon doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve. I never know what he’s thinking or feeling.
heart idioms list with pictures
Here’s some real life picture examples.
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