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die of a broken heart

To die because one is so extremely distraught from heartbreak. Used figuratively and hyperbolically. When my girlfriend dumped me, I thought I would die of a broken heart. My grandfather passed away just a week after my grandmother. I truly think he died of a broken heart.
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die of a broken heart

Fig. to die of emotional distress. I was not surprised to hear of her death. They say she died of a broken heart. In the movie, the heroine appeared to die of a broken heart, but the audience knew she was poisoned.
See also: broken, die, heart, of
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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