search (one's) heart

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search (one's) heart

To carefully consider or think about one's own emotions about or motivations for something. We're asking upper management to search their hearts and realize that this decision will negatively impact every employee in the company. I know you're hurt right now, but search your heart—you know that breaking up was the right thing to do.
See also: heart, search

search your ˈheart/ˈsoul/ˈconscience

(formal) think carefully about your feelings or your reasons for doing something: If I searched my heart I’d probably find that I don’t always tell the truth. ▶ ˈheart-searching, ˈsoul-searching nouns: His divorce forced him to do a lot of soul-searching.
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The most appropriate way of honouring his memory would be to show the same concern and compassion he did then Barbara Winton, daughter of Sir Nicholas Winton, the 'British Oskar Schindler', calling for more help for child refugees The question of forgiveness is still something I am searching my heart for, because it's such a tragedy.
The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless" Musician Bob Dylan explains the long delay before acknowledging his Nobel Prize for Literature "Any politician - if they can't put child health at the heart of their policies, they are not fit to do their job - end of story" TV chef Jamie Oliver attacks the Government's childhood obesity strategy "The most appropriate way of honouring his memory would be to show the same concern and compassion he did then" Barbara Winton, daughter of Sir Nicholas Winton, known as the "British Oskar Schindler", calling for more help for child refugees in Calais "The question of forgiveness is still something I am searching my heart for, because it's such a tragedy.
Searching my heart, I knew I feared ridicule, I feared looking and sounding silly.