Using idioms to shed light on how we relate to the heart.

Using idioms to shed light on how we relate to the heart.

Thanks, martin shervington​.

Originally shared by martin shervington

The Heart of Language. (Part 1 of 3)

There is more to the heart than meets the eye…

There is a wonderful book called ‘The Sublime Engine’ that considers the how the heart has leapt from our bodies and into our culture through the language we use. And over the next three weeks I thought we could explore this a little more.

“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” Swami Sivananda

The heart also holds our hope, our dreams and maybe even our secrets. Some people even believe the heart can communicate through subtle realms with that of another.

Whatever you believe, take a look at the way the heart is used in everyday speech, and it may well give you some insight into how you relate to your own ‘sublime engine’ too. 

Source of the list of idioms below:


after one`s own heart

– to be liked for agreeing with one`s own feelings or interests or ideas

“My new boss loves to go fishing. He is a man after my own heart.”

aching heart

– a feeling of sadness that one has when love has been lost or has faded

“The young woman spent the weekend alone with her aching heart.”

at heart

– basically, essentially, what one really is rather than what one appears to be

“The man seems to be angry all the time but actually he is a very gentle person at heart.”

bleeding heart

– someone who feels too much sympathy for people such as poor people or criminals etc.

“The man is a bleeding heart and is always asked by other people for money to help others.”

break (someone`s) heart

– to make someone feel sad or hopeless (usually because of love or a similar loss)

It broke my heart to see the boy who had lost his dog. 

close to (someone’s) heart

– an idea or something that is important to you and that you care about

The plan to improve the downtown area is very close to the mayor’s heart. 

cross one`s heart and hope to die

– to say or promise that what you have said is true (often used by children)

“I promise that I will meet you tomorrow. Cross my heart and hope to die.” 

die of a broken heart

– to die of emotional distress, to suffer from emotional distress (often from a failed romance)

“The man almost died of a broken heart when he was a teenager.”

do (someone’s) heart good

– to make someone feel good, to make someone healthy

“It does one’s heart good to get some exercise every day.”

do (something) in a heartbeat

– to do something almost immediately if you have the chance

“I will change jobs in a heartbeat if I have the chance.”

eat one`s heart out

– to feel much jealousy about something, to feel bitter anguish or grief about something

“You can eat your heart out but I will not give you a piece of this chocolate cake.” 

The pain from the man’s sorrow is eating his heart out. 

find it in one’s heart to (do something)

– to have the courage or compassion to do something

“I could not find it in my heart to tell the young woman that she could not continue to work at our company.”

follow one’s heart

– to act according to one’s feelings

“The boy followed his heart and decided to study music at school.”

from the bottom of one`s heart

– with great feeling, sincerely

“The girl thanked the man from the bottom of her heart for saving her dog`s life.”

get to the heart of (something)

– to understand the most important or essential thing about something

“It took a long time but we finally got to the heart of the problem with the new computer.”

go (somewhere) in a heartbeat

– to go somewhere almost immediately if you have the chance

I would go camping in a heartbeat if I had the chance. 

have a big heart

– to be very kind or generous or helpful

The man has a big heart and he will always try to help other people. 

have a change of heart

– to change the way one feels or thinks about something

“I had a change of heart and I decided to go to a movie with my friend.”

Have a heart!

– Don’t be unkind or do something mean or cruel!

“Have a heart,” I told my supervisor when he said that I must work during the weekend. 

have a heart of gold

– to be kind or generous or friendly

“My grandmother has a heart of gold and she is always willing to help a stranger.”

have a heart of stone

– to be cold and unfriendly

The man who murdered his family has a heart of stone. 

have a heart-to-heart talk with (someone)

– to have a sincere and intimate talk with someone

“I had a heart-to-heart talk with my girlfriend last evening.”

See y’all for Part 2 next week…

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