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!
See also: break, heart

broken heart

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?
See also: broken, heart
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: break, heart
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: break, heart
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

break your heart

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

break someone's heart

overwhelm someone with sadness.
See also: break, heart
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: break, heart
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

break (someone's) heart

To disappoint or dispirit someone severely.
See also: break, heart
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

break someone's heart, to

To make someone very unhappy, to cause great grief. The expression goes back at least to Chaucer’s time, and is echoed by poets in just about every era. “But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue,” says Hamlet (1.2). Today the cliché is sometimes spoken ironically: “You break my heart,” meaning “I really don’t feel sorry for you.”
See also: break, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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