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a bleeding heart

A person who shows an overwhelming and often ostentatious display of sympathy, especially for those perceived as victims. He only voted for the tax increase because he's a bleeding heart. He really believes all of that extra money is going to help the homeless.
See also: bleeding, heart

bleeding heart

Fig. someone, usually considered politically liberal or leftist, who is very emotional about certain political issues, such as endangered species, downtrodden people, the suffering poor, etc. Bob is such a bleeding heart. No cause is too far out for him.
See also: bleeding, heart

bleeding heart

a person considered to be dangerously soft-hearted, typically someone too liberal or left-wing in their political beliefs. informal
2005 DVD Verdict Ed Bannon is the lone voice of antagonistic reason in an army filled with lily-livered bleeding hearts.
See also: bleeding, heart
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Bleeding Heart Art Space recently moved to a slightly larger, second-floor space next door to its original location.
The debut album from Bleeding Heart Pigeons is out today and the band play Whelan's Dublin on March 12.
FEEL THE LOVE: Kirkleatham Owl Centre's Luzon bleeding heart dove, left, spectacle owls Flavia and Freddie, far left, frogmouths Napoleon and Solo, inset, and unlucky hornbill Gilbert, below left Pictures by PETE REIMANN
Well, I'm writing to upset the legion of bleeding heart liberals, the cohorts of expert social apologists, the wearers of rose tinted spectacles who live in a perpetual state of "Happy Valley" belief that there's good in everyone .
There is no point in the bleeding heart brigade banging on about there being good in everyone'' Labour MP Frank Field on the ``neighbours from hell'' issue.
The fear kept me an alien among the statues tucked in dim corners, the exposed bleeding heart hung in the kitchen beyond which I rarely penetrated.
Where conditions are marginal, the smaller native types are more likely to persist than the showier and more widely sold common bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis).
It was the namby pamby bleeding heart liberals and the Labour party who are responsible for the lack of discipline in our schools and society in general.
FAR from being an empty-headed liberal with a bleeding heart and supportive of the PC brigade, the highly inappropriate comments expressed by Darren Gould in support of the police's heavy-handed tactics in dealing with the G20 protester (Letters, April 20) are unbelievable.
But please, spare me the clubs playing the bleeding heart card with fans by blaming it all on the SPL.
When Jack Frost had breathed his hoary breath On the barren fields and the cold bitter wind Had blown the petals off its decaying stem When the black cloudy sky was in its darkest mood And the cold sun brought no warmth And a bleeding heart Stained the Robin's breast.
It is the Western bleeding heart (Dicentra Formosa) and has irresistible charms.
True, but what they don't add is that that low base was set by Bill Clinton, who everyone thinks is a bleeding heart.
The bleeding heart "rehabilitation is the answer" brigade are minority protesters who must stop being appeased by our judiciary.
For every sentence, for every tough new law, for every sensible measure, there's some bleeding heart liberals wanting to get them off, get them out and reduce their sentence.