break your 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!
See also: break, heart

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
References in classic literature ?
Why, I should marry you, or you break your heart at my treachery.
It does not seem to break your heart at any rate," Miss Crawley remarked.
After a 5-year hiatus, the band first broke their silence in late December with "Christmas Will Break Your Heart.
Break Your Heart, by Rhonda Helms, is the story of a stereotypical crush on a college campus with the potential to end a career.
Please excuse me, I never meant to break your heart.
They still wear pinstripes, they still break your heart every year .
Her amazing ability to shape space through sound was unforgettable in Forty Part Motet: A Reworking of Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis, 2001, a forty-track recording of a sixteenth-century chorale presented on forty separate audio speakers, which could break your heart.
Who makes for a better song--girls who break your heart or girls you love?
December romance that will make you laugh and break your heart with its honest look at mortality and the intoxication of youth.
And some of these images will stay with you, seared into your mind, dispatches from a desperate world that will break your heart.
Wars may end, but land mines laid by armies always stay behind,'' said Sir Paul, who sang half a dozen solo songs and joined Neil Young in a rendition of ``Only Love Can Break Your Heart.
We saw a lot of very attractive actresses, and they were not bad actresses, but they didn't break your heart a little bit.
It's all captured in Jones' wonderful documentary, ``I Am Trying to Break Your Heart,'' which takes its name from the first cut on ``Foxtrot,'' an album that was finally released in April after sitting on the shelves for more than nine months.