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heart sinks

(One) feels disappointed or disheartened. My heart sank when I saw that the meal I'd spent all day preparing had burned in the oven.
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heart sinks, one's

One's courage or hope fails; one is very disappointed or dejected. For example, An hour before the picnic I heard thunder and my heart sank. This expression was first recorded in 1605 but was preceded in the 15th century by one's heart is at one's heels or in one's hose or in one's shoes . The present (and only surviving) usage was first recorded in 1605.
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your heart ˈsinks

used to say that you suddenly feel sad or depressed about something: My heart sank when I realized I would have to walk home in the rain. OPPOSITE: your heart leaps
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MY heart sank when I read about plans to expand Touchwood Centre - it sinks when I read about any such scheme.
At the end of last year my heart sank with news there might be a lifting of the ban on women serving in "close combat" as "it is the politically-correct thing to do".
My heart sank when I read that the National Literacy Trust survey of about 18,000 school children suggests youngsters are more likely to read text messages and emails than fiction I think it is important to realise that reading is not just about forming squiggles into words, but also comprehension and concentration.
WHEN my husband, Barry was told he was being transferred from the Alexander Hospital in Redditch to the Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham, my heart sank due to the negative reports that I had read and heard about, but was I mistaken?
But her heart sank when she saw others that had been neglected and which had become overgrown.
The secretary from Christchurch, Dorset, said: "My heart sank.
Cherie Blair said her husband's heart sank as Bush defeated Al Gore to succeed President Bill Clinton, according to passages of the book serialised in The Times of London.
MY heart sank when I read a recent letter to the ECHO by someone who told us that he 'laughed to himself' at the apparent arrest of a young woman who hadn't paid her correct bus fare.
Dear Editor, Like your recent correspondent, my heart sank when I read the headline Birmingham to re-brand (Birmingham brand failing city, says industry expert, Post Oct 29).
When I saw the plane, my heart sank,' she says, 'but once we got up there it was an incredible experience.
ONE'S HEART SANK UPON OPENING PLAYBILL TO FIND THAT ACT I WAS CALLED "HEAVEN," ACT II CALLED "EARTH," AND CHARACTERS CALLED THE MAN, FATE, FORTUNE, HUMANITY, AND--ALWAYS A BAD SIGN--DEATH WERE LYING IN WAIT.
The heart sank, leaden and dull, foundering without finding bottom.
I knew it was coming but my heart sank when I actually saw the reality in front of me.
This warranted closer inspection (meaning getting closer to the frogs) and my heart sank when I learned it was actually a motionless goldfish, stuck between reeds of some water-based plant we've got stuck in there.