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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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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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bleeding heart

An excessively sympathetic or tender-hearted individual. The adjective bleeding has been used figuratively for full of anguish from pity or compassion since the late 1500s. Edmund Spenser so used it in The Faerie Queene: “These bleeding words she gan to say.” The cliché is much newer, dating from the first half of the twentieth century. I. T. Ross had it in Murder out of School (1960), “A lot of bleeding-hearts got the idea they knew about everything.”
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Bleeding Heart also hosts regular "ArtLucks" in which participants each bring a piece of artwork and a dish to share.
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The fear kept me an alien among the statues tucked in dim corners, the exposed bleeding heart hung in the kitchen beyond which I rarely penetrated.
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Is the debut album from Bleeding Heart Pigeons is out today and the band play Dolan's Limerick on March 11 and Whelan's Dublin on March 12.
Do you really know anything about child poverty or are you just more bleeding heart left-wingers?
The Bleeding Heart singer was wearing another bizarre self-designed creation similar to the one she sported the day before.
Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding heart) THIS reliable, elegant, clump-forming perennial bears fragile-looking, heart-shaped flowers with rose-pink outer petals and white inner ones, hanging from arching stems, in late spring and early summer.
But please, spare me the clubs playing the bleeding heart card with fans by blaming it all on the SPL.
When Jack Frost had breathed his hoary breath On the barren fields and the cold bitter wind Had blown the petals off its decaying stem When the black cloudy sky was in its darkest mood And the cold sun brought no warmth And a bleeding heart Stained the Robin's breast.
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Well, I'm writing to upset the legion of bleeding heart liberals, the cohorts of expert social apologists, the wearers of rose tinted spectacles who live in a perpetual state of "Happy Valley" belief that there's good in everyone ...