feel sick at heart

feel sick at heart

To feel a deeply unpleasant emotion, such as grief, remorse, dejection, etc. I feel sick at heart to think that I may have contributed to her death in some way. Poor Tom's felt sick at heart ever since his mother died.
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be/feel sick at ˈheart

(formal) be very unhappy or disappointed: When I realized the accident was my fault, I felt sick at heart.
See also: feel, heart, sick
References in classic literature ?
Personally, I see difficulties in the way, and feel sick at heart at the mere prospect.
Wherever I am when you feel sick at heart and weary of life, or when you stumble and fall and don't know if you can get up again, think of me.