harden one's heart

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harden (one's) heart

To stop or keep someone from feeling kindness and compassion. I worry that all the trauma she's already been through at such a young age will harden her heart.
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harden one's heart

Feel no sympathy for, as in We can't afford to give them more; we'll just have to harden our hearts when they ask . [Late 1300s]
See also: harden, heart
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I also know that there might be a way of going into apparently "no-go" areas without cameras or the mayoral chain or police and that that might help to heal the situation rather than to harden hearts.
What either side gained in the contest for world opinion remains to be seen, and this latest conflict is likely to harden hearts and minds on both sides.
His constant saber-rattling and invocation of international sanctions will only serve to harden hearts and create further mistrust.