sick at heart

*sick at heart

Fig. distressed and depressed. (*Typically: be ~; become ~; make someone ~.) I became sick at heart just looking at all the homeless children.
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sick at heart

very sad, unhappy, or upset She was sick at heart, knowing that he was putting himself in great danger.
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sick at heart

  (literary)
very sad The thought of her home so far away made her sick at heart.
See be fed up to the back teeth
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sick at heart

Grieving, very disappointed, dejected, as in We were sick at heart when we learned of her predicament. This idiom, which transfers heart disease to unhappiness, was first recorded in 1581.
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References in classic literature ?
I turned sick at heart when the question occurred to me, and when I felt self- reproachfully that it was asked too late.
Personally, I see difficulties in the way, and feel sick at heart at the mere prospect.
She knew what their whispers were about, grew sick at heart, and felt that she could come to church no more.
I saw at once that it was useless for me to resist, and sick at heart, I reseated myself upon the mats, and for the moment abandoned myself to despair.
Then I grew sick at heart, my father-- ay, though I loved my people little, and they had driven me away, I grew sick at heart.
But under the mockery she felt that he was right; and she was very sick at heart for Leslie.
And small wonder it was that the Virgin yielded herself to his arms, as they danced dance after dance, and was sick at heart at the knowledge that he found nothing in her more than a good friend and an excellent dancer.
He had been ill, wayworn, sick at heart, still he had kept forward; but now his strength and his stubbornness were exhausted.
You are chilled and galled, sick at heart, overcome by excess of the emotions which but one hour's liberty has produced in you.
It was the same with Jurgis, who consigned the unfit to destruction, while going about all day sick at heart because of his poor old father, who was wandering somewhere in the yards begging for a chance to earn his bread.
After that, I took the tin off myself, and hammered at it with the mast till I was worn out and sick at heart, whereupon Harris took it in hand.
Kate was too sick at heart, after the rough jostling she had already had with the world, and really cared too little at the moment what fate was reserved for her, to make any objection.
It was at last settled that they should pay the farmer two shillings, and his man one shilling; and so the matter ended, to the unspeakable relief of Tom, who hadn't been able to say a word, being sick at heart at the idea of what the Doctor would think of him; and now the whole party of boys marched off down the footpath towards Rugby.
Then he sprang on to his chariot and bade the charioteer drive him to the ships, for he was sick at heart.
I said nothing in reply, but turned my face to the wall, sick at heart, with my mind filled with a thousand venomous doubts and suspicions.