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

COMMON
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.
See also: break, heart

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.
See also: break, heart
References in classic literature ?
She passed many a snag whose "break" could have told her a thing to break her heart, for it showed a current moving in the same direction that the boat was going; but her thoughts were elsewhere, and she did not notice.
He says he doesn't want to break her heart, but the situation is breaking mine.
He says he doesn't want to break her heart but the situation is breaking mine.
amp;nbsp;"It is a different ball game now that [sic] it was the last time around," said the source, suggesting that the Victoria Secrets model would not allow Styles to break her heart again.
The situation gets so bad that the men hire a cash-strapped ladies' man, Ray Adams (LL Cool J), to seduce Eva, then break her heart - which, they reason, will drive her out of town and out of their hair.
Courtiers were told: "It would break her heart to know that such a mercenary battle had taken place within the family and that it had been played out so publicly.
It's never easy to break up with someone and, yes, it's going to break her heart, which isn't nice.
It's never easy to break up with someone and, yes, it's going to break her heart if she's still in love with you, which isn't nice.