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.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
Poor soul, she was so proud; and though it nearly broke her heart to part from me, she smiled, and would not show me her grief.
Harry really gave Kendall the run-around back then and it broke her heart.
Soon, Phoenix is caught in a struggle between Joplin's world and her own, and she is forced to choose between the love of a man who once broke her heart and her growing connection to the seductive ghost who wants to make her his own.
Grandma is very proud of her three little girls, and it just broke her heart that the doctor said she couldn't come today,'' Dusty Rogers said in introducing his nieces.
Even if she believes you, she'll want to know why you told her and why you broke her heart.
But many, like Mary Cooper, a 48-year-old teacher who was a spectator, believed him from the start, and it broke her heart.
I did break up with her before, but it broke her heart and I felt so guilty I got back with her the next day.