dear to (one's) heart

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dear 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 dear to her heart.
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JAZZ saxophonist KIRK WHALUM is back with an exuberant recording, The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter 2 (Warner Jazz/Word), on which he continues his exploration of the music genre that is so dear to heart and family heritage.
Savor nostalgia for places that are near and dear to heart, recall family traditions; and perhaps more importantly, renew experiences.
Savor nostalgia for the places that are near and dear to heart, recall family traditions; and perhaps more importantly, renew experiences.