a bleeding heart


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a bleeding heart

A person who shows an overwhelming and often ostentatious display of sympathy, especially for those perceived as victims. He only voted for the tax increase because he's a bleeding heart. He really believes all of that extra money is going to help the homeless.
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bleeding heart

Fig. someone, usually considered politically liberal or leftist, who is very emotional about certain political issues, such as endangered species, downtrodden people, the suffering poor, etc. Bob is such a bleeding heart. No cause is too far out for him.
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a bleeding heart

COMMON If you call someone a bleeding heart, you mean that they are too sympathetic towards people who claim to be poor or suffering. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. Crime can't be blamed on poverty, as the bleeding hearts always insist. Note: You can also say that someone has a bleeding heart. The Financial Times is not a newspaper known for its bleeding heart, but it has consistently pressed for the problem to be tackled. Note: Bleeding-heart is often used before a noun. He then attacked the `bleeding-heart liberals' who question the lengths of prison sentences. Compare with your heart bleeds for someone.
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bleeding heart

a person considered to be dangerously soft-hearted, typically someone too liberal or left-wing in their political beliefs. informal
2005 DVD Verdict Ed Bannon is the lone voice of antagonistic reason in an army filled with lily-livered bleeding hearts.
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References in classic literature ?
There was a bleeding heart, in tufts of paper lace; there were the three kings, gorgeously apparelled, and the ox and the ass and the shepherds; there was the Baby in the manger, and a group of angels, singing; there were camels and leopards, held by the black slaves of the three kings.
After watching one of my favorite TV shows, ``West Wing,'' recently, I was left with what is often referred to as a bleeding heart.