have (something) at heart

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have (something) at heart

To place a lot of value or importance on something; to have or act with something at the forefront of one's mind. I know you don't agree with some of the decisions I've made, but you have to trust that, as your mother, I have your best interests at heart.
See also: have, heart
References in classic literature ?
With such pacific and bantering remarks did Mr Brass refute the foul aspersion on his character; but the virtuous Sarah, moved by stronger feelings, and having at heart, perhaps, a more jealous regard for the honour of her family, flew from her brother's side, without any previous intimation of her design, and darted at the prisoner with the utmost fury.