broken heart(redirected from a broken-heart)
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!
What one is said to have when they are very sad, typically due to a tragic event or the end of a romantic relationship. When my girlfriend dumped me, I thought I would die from a broken heart. Well, my son is dead, and I feel like my broken heart will never heal—that's how I'm doing. Ah, you recently ended a relationship too. So there are two broken hearts here today, huh?
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