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.
See also: dear, heart
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The future consequences (loss of someone dear to one's heart; lifetime of bitterness, sorrow and regret, of allowing love to blind your eyes from seeing the warning signs) might not worth it.