break (one's) heart

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break (one's) heart

To cause one to feel great sadness. This phrase is often said about the end of a romantic relationship. I know Adam broke your heart, but there are lots of guys out there who would treat you well. That poor, skittish cat just breaks my heart—I can't believe someone abandoned her!
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break someone's heart

Fig. to cause someone great emotional pain. It just broke my heart when Tom ran away from home. Sally broke John's heart when she refused to marry him.
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break someone's heart

Cause severe emotional pain or grief. For example, If the verdict is guilty, it will break her mother's heart. This hyperbole has appeared in works by Chaucer, Shakespeare, and George Bernard Shaw, among others. In noun form it appears as both a broken heart and heartbreak (Shaw wrote a play entitled Heartbreak House, 1913). Today it also is used ironically, as in You only scored an A-minus on the final? That breaks my heart! [Late 1300s]
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break your heart

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1. If you break someone's heart, you make them very unhappy by ending a relationship with them or making it clear that you do not love them. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. She left him later that year and broke his heart. Note: You can also say that someone has a broken heart when they feel very sad because a relationship has ended. If you're a poet, you get some good poetry out of a broken heart. Note: You can also say that someone is heartbroken or is broken-hearted. Mary was broken-hearted when he left her.
2. If a fact or a situation breaks your heart, it makes you very sad. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. It broke my heart to see this woman suffer the way she did. Note: You can also say that someone is heartbroken or is broken-hearted if they are very upset about something. He looked heartbroken that Momma hadn't gotten more excited over his announcement. Little Craig Malcolmson is broken-hearted by the theft of his treasured toy.
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break someone's heart

overwhelm someone with sadness.
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break somebody’s ˈheart

make somebody feel extremely unhappy: That boy is breaking his mother’s heart with his wild ways.It’s a job I would like, but it won’t break my heart if I don’t get it. ▶ ˈheartbreak noun: He causes his mother nothing but heartbreak. ˈheartbreaking, ˈheartbroken adj.: a heartbreaking storyWe were heartbroken by the news.
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break (someone's) heart

To disappoint or dispirit someone severely.
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References in classic literature ?
It would break my heart if you didn't believe that I'd gladly pull in the same boat with you, even if you had to get your living by rowing on the lake.
I feel that this will break my heart by-and-bye; but I will do my duty while I can, and when I leave her, God will raise up friends for her, as He did for me.
RIP Bert, you were an inspiration and a great goalkeeper, even if you did break my heart.
Do I take the chance and reply and maybe break my heart again?
I really believe that this is such a unique structure that it would just break my heart that it could be torn down or an apartment building put in here.
John Robertson became the greatest striker in Hearts' history yesterday then confessed: It will break my heart if they dump me.
fame LPs "Snakebite" (1978, with the band's first hit, "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City"), "Lovehunter" (1979, with "Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues" and "We Wish You Well"), "Ready An' Willing" (1980, with the title track) and "Come An' Get It" (1981, with "Don't Break My Heart Again").
Along with performances of many of the hits heard on "The Definitive Collection," including "Here I Go Again," "Fool For Your Loving," "Still Of The Night," "Is This Love" and "Give Me All Your Love," the concert features "Crying In The Rain" (1982's "Saints & Sinners"), "Take Me With You" (1978's "Trouble"), "Bad Boys" ("Whitesnake"), "Don't Break My Heart Again" (the 1987 European version of the "Whitesnake" disc) and a medley of "Burn" and "Stormbringer," which Coverdale wrote and sang while in his former band, Deep Purple.
Already a sensation in the Caribbean, ELVIS WHITE's debut single, "Don't Break My Heart," from the album PROMISE, is making waves at radio, reaching #3 status at several of the top radio stations in that region.
If I get to the seventh inning again, I'm not going to let anybody break my heart again.
Here I Go Again: The Whitesnake Collection" also culls the outtakes "Sweet Lady Luck," "You're Gonna Break My Heart Again" and "Looking For Love," a trio first heard on 1994's platinum "Greatest Hits" album, and "Need Your Love So Bad," b-side to the U.
I'll stay loyal, (but) I ask just one thing in return - please don't break my heart in two years.
The first single off the CD will be Baby Don't You Break My Heart Slow, a duet with Emily Saliers, from the popular group The Indigo Girls.