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 ?
I read it as it came out week after week in the old National Era, and I broke my heart over Uncle Tom's Cabin, as every one else did.
But the thing which clean broke my heart was something which happened in front of our old barrack in a square, while we were enduring the spectacle of a man being boiled to death in oil for counterfeiting pennies.
But it would have broke MY heart, had I loved him, to hear him read with so little sensibility.
I loved the country but it broke my heart seeing how some of the animals have been treated out there - and all in the name of tourism.
Rod, 70, who married Penny Lancaster, 44, in 2007, said: "Rachel broke my heart.
He said: "She broke my heart spectacularly, as a result of which I wrote about unbroken hearts for 10 years.
Richard, 56, said: "She broke my heart spectacularly, as a result of which I wrote about unbroken hearts for 10 years.
IF ever a goalkeeper broke my heart it was Bert Trautman.
Her 'Back to Black' album is just - I remember listening to 'Love Is a Losing Game' for the first time and it broke my heart just listening to it," he added.
They said that hearts don't break Lord, but that's not always true, because the day you took my Joan away, you broke my heart in two.
FITCHEW Michael 5th August 1944 30th January 2009 They say that hearts don't break Lord but that's not always true, the day You took my Mick, You broke my heart in two.
We were very close for a very long time, and it broke my heart when she began to fail.
WARWICKSHIRE teenage pop sensations stormed into the charts with their first single You Broke My Heart.
Knowing the mother, it broke my heart that they would do that to her.
Ste: The girl I was seeing at school for three years broke my heart.