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heart of stone

A cold, mean nature. The politician remained indifferent to the city's poverty crisis, causing many of his detractors to accuse him of having a heart of stone.
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heart of stone

A very cold and unfeeling nature, as in You'll get no sympathy from her; she has a heart of stone. This idea dates from ancient times and in English appeared in the Bible (Job 41:24). [Early 1600s]
See also: heart, of, stone
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Whoever can look upon that mother's grief without springing to her relief has a heart of stone.
By day and night he made his moan: It would have stirred a heart of stone To see him wring his hoofs and groan, Because he could not jump.
It was the most romantic thing I ever saw--the river, the bridge of boats, the great fortress opposite, moonlight everywhere, and music fit to melt a heart of stone.
what a heart of stone he must have to presume on my poor nerves
I had no need to pretend; whether I chose or not, I spoke in a weeping voice that would have melted a heart of stone.
The cry was repeated, and in terms and tones that might have melted a heart of stone, but it was unanswered.
Captain Anthony had stopped for a moment staring ahead from the break of the poop, and poor Flora sent at his back a look of despairing appeal which would have moved a heart of stone.