in (one's) heart of hearts


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in (one's) heart of hearts

In the deepest, most intimate part of oneself. In my heart of hearts, I knew that I didn't really love Bill—and yet, I married him anyway. A: "I'm so sorry that your daughter's modeling job didn't work out." B: "Oh, that's OK. In her heart of hearts, she knew it was a long shot."
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in one's heart of hearts

According to one's truest, innermost feelings, especially when secret. For example, It's a wonderful job offer, but in my heart of hearts I don't want to leave this area. [Late 1500s]
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in your heart of hearts

COMMON If you know something in your heart of hearts, you know it is true, even though you are very reluctant to accept it. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. I suppose in my heart of hearts, I knew the relationship wasn't working. But in your heart of hearts, you must know that you're not going to save some of these children?
See also: heart, of

in your heart of hearts

in your innermost feelings.
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in your ˌheart of ˈhearts

in your deepest feelings or thoughts: I know in my heart of hearts that you’re right, but I still find it difficult to accept.
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in (one's) heart of hearts

In the seat of one's truest feelings.
See also: heart, of