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.
See also: close, heart

close to your heart

mainly BRITISH or

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
References in classic literature ?
He informed him that he and his comrades had long resided among the Upper Nez Perces, and loved them so much, that they had thrown their arms around them, and now held them close to their hearts.
WORKERS at a local conference centre will have a ball tomorrow night as they host a double celebration on a date close to their hearts.
MORE than 100 bikers have taken part in a special ride for charities close to their hearts.
I think the staff have been great in supporting something which is obviously so close to their hearts.
Paintings rich with vibrant color drew a crowd including Rain Pryor and ``Dallas'' star Charlene Tilton, not to mention Kelly Stone, who came up with the idea to sell her friend Loesel's art to benefit two charities close to their hearts.
They will present short slots on subjects close to their hearts for Five News next month on five.
Purcell learned first-hand just how squeamish people are about parting with something so close to their hearts.