close to (one's) heart

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close to (one's) heart

Personally important to, or loved by, one. The little girl who came to visit the elderly woman every weekend was very close to her heart.
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close to your heart

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dear to your heart

COMMON If a subject is close to your heart or dear to your heart, it is very important to you and you care a lot about it. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. For presenter Manjeet K. Sandhu the position of Asian women in society is an issue very close to her heart. It's a project that is dear to my heart. Note: In American English, you can also say that a subject is near and dear to your heart. She has impressed Senators with her knowledge of subjects near and dear to their hearts.
See also: close, heart
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He said: "This event is very close to heart and I am thrilled to be asked to be a patron.
I'm a Middlesbrough fan first and foremost but Rangers are very close to heart too and this was a dream for today, although it was maybe a bigger day for my dad.
There are many topics that needs to be discussed and follow up with the Egyptian minister, particularly after my recent visit to Egypt, I wish success and prosperity to our close to heart country Egypt," Sheikh Salman added.
Right from the musical instruments to the opera-styled melodrama to highlight the impact of changing seasons on human mood was so much in tune with modernity that everyone among the audience felt it close to heart.
I understand the tradition and culture associated with Cardiff City, a club close to heart of every one of our fans," he said.
Our Air Force Reserve will Keep this close to heart, nurture it, and protect it.
They completed the challenge to raise funds for Ova The Rainbow cancer support group and the holistic centre at James Cook University Hospital, both charities close to heart of Mark and Geraldine's sister Karen Atkinson.
LONDON, November 12 /PRNewswire/ -- This Sunday 14th November is World Diabetes Day which this year focuses on the link between obesity and diabetes, a subject that is close to heart for many of us, especially with the nation becoming larger than ever.