Heart Skips a Beat

Also: Heart misses a beat Heart stands still Meaning of Idiom ‘Heart Skips a Beat’ When your heart skips (misses) a beat it means you are frightened, startled, or very excited or surprised. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Walter, Elizabeth. Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007. https://amzn.to/2Rtgj8z Want … Read more

Heavy Heart

Also: heavy-hearted Meaning of Idiom ‘Heavy Heart’ To have a heavy heart means to be sad or depressed, usually about something that is happening or that one has to do. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage … Read more

To Your Heart’s Content

Meaning of Idiom ‘To Your Heart’s Content’ To your heart’s content means as much as you want; as long as you want; until you are completely satisfied and happy. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Pare, May.  Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.  Want … Read more

Why Do We Say By Heart Instead of By Brain to Mean Mermorize?

You have to learn a poem to recite in class. How do you learn it? By heart. You’re an actor and you have to memorize your lines. You learn them by heart. You have to give a big speech. Better learn by heart! It is our brains which house memories and yet if you actually said … Read more

My Heart Bleeds For You

My heart bleeds for you and various versions of the sentiment such as “my heart bleeds tears” were used since the 1300’s to express severe anguish and sympathy. The idiom has been used much differently since the late 1940’s. Meaning of My Heart Bleeds for You Although ‘my heart bleeds for you’ can be used … Read more

Heart of Gold, to have a

Meaning of Idiom ‘Have a Heart of Gold’ To have a heart of gold means to be a very gentle, kind, caring, and generous person. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.,3Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, … Read more

Eat Your Heart Out

Meaning of Idiom ‘Eat Your Heart Out’ To eat your heart out is to feel jealous or envious of someone else’s achievements or good fortune. Occasionally, it means to feel other strong emotions, especially grief, bitterness, or worry over something. 1Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.,2Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the … Read more

Cross My (or your) Heart

The full version of this idiom is ‘Cross my heart and hope to die.’ Meaning of Idiom ‘Cross My heart’ Cross my heart is an emphatic pledge that one is telling the truth, sometimes said while using one hand to make an imaginary X over the heart. 1 Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, … Read more

Bless Your (His/Her) Heart

Meaning of Idiom ‘Bless Your Heart’ Bless your heart is a spoken expression of good wishes, endearment, affection, fondness, sympathy. It can also be a way of saying someone is a good person or did a good thing. In the Southern United States, where it is used most often, it can mean all of these things. … Read more