1. a bleeding heart someone who shows too much sympathy for everyone The anti-hunting campaigners are just a bunch of bleeding hearts who don't understand the countryside.
2. a heart of gold a kind and generous character He plays the part of a tough cop with a heart of gold. Opposite of: a heart of stone
3. at heart (a) as what someone cares about the most Your academic adviser should have your best interests at heart. I'm an English teacher at heart but also a writer. (b) in the most basic way He was at heart a conservative man.
4. somebody, eat your heart out! (humorous) something that you say which means that you or someone you know can do something better than a person who is famous for doing that thing I'm taking singing lessons. Celine Dion, eat your heart out!
5. break someone's heart to cause someone great emotional pain. It just broke my heart when Tom ran away from home. Sally broke John's heart when she refused to marry him.
6. somebody's heart sinks if someone's heart sinks, they start to feel sad or worried He looked at the huge pile of work on his desk and his heart sank.
7. to your heart's content if you do something enjoyable to your heart's content, you do it as much as you want to The pool is open all day so you can swim to your heart's content.
8. somebody's heart is in their mouth if someone's heart is in their mouth, they feel extremely nervous My heart was in my mouth as I walked onto the stage.
9.in your heart of hearts if you know something in your heart of hearts, you are certain of it although you might not want to admit it I knew in my heart of hearts that something was wrong, but I just wasn't ready to deal with it. Do you believe in your heart of hearts that things will get better?
10. know/learn something (off) by heart if you know or learn something, especially a piece of writing, by heart, you know or learn it so that you can remember it perfectly He's my favourite poet. I know several of his poems by heart
11. pour your heart out to tell someone your secret feelings and worries, usually because you feel a strong need to talk about them (often + to ) I'd only met him once, and here he was, pouring out his heart to me.
12. one's heart misses a beat and one's heart skips a beat Fig. one's heart flutters or palpitates; one has a strong emotional reaction. Whenever I'm near you, my heart skips a beat. When the racehorse fell, my heart missed a beat.
13. young at heart having a youthful spirit no matter what one's age. I am over 70 but I still feel young at heart.
14. tear your heart out to make you very sad Your article on the death of those students tore my heart out.
15. one's heart goes out to someone one feels great sympathy for someone. My heart goes out to the grieving family. Let your heart go out to those who are suffering, and pray for their improvement.
1. wear your heart on your sleeve to make your feelings and opinions obvious to other people John's always worn his heart on his sleeve, so there's no doubt who he'll be supporting.
2. A heavy purse makes a light heart. If you have plenty of money, you will feel happy and secure. Everyone in the office is especially cheerful on payday, since a heavy purse makes a light heart.
3. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. You will like someone or something better if that person or thing is far away. Ever since Carla's boyfriend moved away, she can't stop thinking about him. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
4. Cold hands, warm heart. People whose hands are usually cold have kind and loving personalities. Nancy: I don't like holding hands with Joe. His hands are so cold. Jane: Cold hands, warm heart.
5. way to a man's heart is through his stomach If you want a man to love you, you should feed him good food. Sue: I want Keith to notice me, but he doesn't even know I'm alive. Mother: Invite him over and cook him a good meal. The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
6. What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over. You cannot be upset by something you do not know about. When Robbie cracked his mother's favorite vase, he simply turned the cracked side toward the wall. "What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over," he thought.
7. It is a poor heart that never rejoices. and It is a sad heart that never rejoices. Even a habitually sad person cannot be sad all the time. (Sometimes used to indicate that a habitually sad person is happy about something.) Jill: I've never seen Sam smile before, but today, at his retirement party, he smiled. Jane: It is a poor heart that never rejoices.
8. Home is where the heart is. People long to be at home.; Your home is whatever place you long to be. I've had a lovely time visiting you, but home is where the heart is, and I think it's time I went back. If home is where the heart is, then my home is my parents' old house. I've never loved my own apartment the way I love their place.
9. Faint heart never won fair lady. A timid suitor never won his lady. (Used to encourage boys or men to be bold in courting women.) Bill: I'd really like to go out with Alice, but what if she says no? Alan: You won't know till you ask her. Faint heart never won fair lady. Don't be so shy about talking to Edith. Faint heart never won fair lady.
10. let your heart rule your head to do something because you want to rather than for practical reasons Don't let your heart rule your head. If you lend him that money you'll never see it again.
If something happens in the blink of an eye, it happens nearly instantaneously, with hardly enough time to notice it. "The pickpocket disappeared in the blink of an eye."
Cut it/things fine
If you cut it/things fine, you leave barely enough time to do something. "You're counting just an hour between the airport and the train station. That's cutting things a bit fine isn't it?"
A day late and a dollar short
If something is a day late and a dollar short, it comes too late and is not good enough. "They offered me an internship when I'd already found a job - a day late and a dollar short!"
At the drop of a hat
If you do something at the drop of a hat, you do it immediately and without hesitation "I've got great friends. They're ready to help out at the drop of a hat."
At the eleventh hour
If something happens at the eleventh hour, it happens when it is almost too late, or at the last possible moment. "Our team won after they scored a goal at the eleventh hour."
Five o'clock shadow
This expression refers to a patch of stubble on the face of a man who hasn't shaved for at least a day. "He looked tired and had a five o'clock shadow."
In the interim
Something that happens in the interim takes place during a period of time between two events. "I won't have the apartment until next month. In the interim I'm staying at a local hotel."
Just around the corner
If something is just around the corner, it will happen very soon. "With spring just around the corner, the new collection should begin to sell."
Never in a million years
This expression means "absolutely never" "I will never in a million years understand why Anne married Bob."
Living on borrowed time
This expression refers to a period of time after an illness or accident which could have caused death. " After heart surgery, some patients say they're living on borrowed time."
Make up for lost time
If you make up for lost time, you increase your efforts or work harder to complete something or meet a deadline. "Progress has stopped because of bad weather, but we are determined to make up for lost time."
Nick of time
If something happens in the nick of time, it happens at the last minute, when it is nearly too late. "The child was standing in front of the open window. His mother arrived in the nick of time."
Once in a blue moon
Something that happens once in a blue moon is something that happens rarely or hardly ever.
"Bill visits his grandmother once in a blue moon"
Play for time
If you play for time, you try to delay or prevent something from happening in order to gain an advantage. "He decided to play for time in the hope that the price would decrease."
Pressed for time
If you're pressed for time, you have hardly enough time to do something so you must hurry. "Sorry. I can't talk to you now - I'm a bit pressed for time."
A race against time
If someone is in a race against time, they have to work very quickly in order to do or finish something before a certain time.
Sign of the times
This expression refers to something that shows the nature of today's society. "The rising level of violence is a sign of the times."
Stand the test of time
If something stands the test of time, people continue to find it valuable or useful after many years. "The teaching method has stood the test of time. It is still used in schools today."
Time on your hands.
If you have time on your hands, you have a lot of free time, usually more than you need or want. "Since he retired, Bill has too much time on his hands. He should take up a hobby!"
Time of your life
If you have the time of your life, you enjoy yourself very much. "The kids had the time of their lives at Disneyland."
Time is ripe
If the time is ripe for something, it is the right moment to do it. "He sold his business when the time was ripe."
Time on your side
If you have time on your side, you can afford to wait before doing or achieving something. "He didn't succeed this time, but he's young enough to try again. He's got time on his side. "
In one's own sweet time
If you do something in your own sweet time, you take as long as you please to do it, in spite of the orders or wishes of others. "OK, I'll do it - but in my own sweet time!"