change of heart

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a change of heart

A change in one's opinion or feelings on a matter. She was going to take that job offer in California, but after thinking about how much she would miss her friends and family in Delaware, she had a change of heart.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

change of heart

Altered feelings or attitude, as in Paul didn't like his new job, but a raise prompted a change of heart and he became quite enthusiastic . [Early 1800s]
See also: change, heart, of
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.

change of heart, a

Revising one’s opinion, intentions, or feelings. Although the idea is much older, the precise expression dates from the early nineteenth century and was a cliché by 1900 or so. Groucho Marx poked fun at it in the motion picture Duck Soup (1933); when Mrs. Teasdale says, “He’s had a change of heart,” Groucho, playing the role of Firefly, replies, “A lot of good that’ll do him. He’s still got the same face.”
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