die of a broken heart

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die of a broken heart

To die (figuratively) because one is so distraught. When my girlfriend dumped me, I thought I would die 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