close to (one's) heart

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close to (one's) heart

Personally important to, or loved by, one. The little girl who came to visit the elderly woman every weekend was very close to her heart.
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close to your heart

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dear to your heart

COMMON If a subject is close to your heart or dear to your heart, it is very important to you and you care a lot about it. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. For presenter Manjeet K. Sandhu the position of Asian women in society is an issue very close to her heart. It's a project that is dear to my heart. Note: In American English, you can also say that a subject is near and dear to your heart. She has impressed Senators with her knowledge of subjects near and dear to their hearts.
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Right from the musical instruments to the opera-styled melodrama to highlight the impact of changing seasons on human mood was so much in tune with modernity that everyone among the audience felt it close to heart. The show titled "The joy of spring festival" was to mark the start of new Chinese or Lunar year - the biggest holiday across the Asian continent.
"I understand the tradition and culture associated with Cardiff City, a club close to heart of every one of our fans," he said.
She loved listening to music, spending time on the beaches of Cape Cod, and found great joy with her interactions with children and her several dearest friends whom she held close to heart.
"Kuwait is a sisterly and close to heart country that always stands beside Yemen," Basindwa said in press conference at the Yemeni Embassy here, adding that Yemenis won't forget Kuwait's support to them.
No, it''s just their greedy code Five minutes to grab your luggage And cross a very busy road The owners must be laughing At this latest bit of fun Customers like lab rats On the two quid drop-off run And thenwe have "security" Aclever little ruse You''d better stump up another pounds 4 Or it''s another game you''ll lose Do they have your safety close to heart? Are they caring, helpful staff Well anyone that's been there Will tell you - they're havin' a laugh Hold you up is the game they play The queues make a sorry sight You should have paid the extra If you want to catch your flight A surefire way to beat this thing And this is not a clever stunt We should catch a train to the Airport A train with MANCHESTER on the front!
"I think there were a few of us out there close to heart attacks!
No rival got close to Heart Of Fire in 2008, while his Kevin Prendergast-trained stablemate King Ledley could only manage to overtake Love Lockdown for half a furlong last year before losing out by a neck.
Her most prominent achievement was the raising of funds for the construction of a national headquarters located close to heart of Washington D.C.
Coming close to heart failure distracted me momentarily from the agony of having several thorns sticking into my nether regions.
No return: Raised in New Orleans, displaced to Hollywood, The Knux keep their former home close to heart. "When we left, we didn't know we weren't coming back," says A1.