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a faint heart

1. A tendency to experience stress, fear, anxiety, sickness, or discomfort from unpleasantness, graphic imagery, physical strain, or risk. We must warn you that the following video contains images that may be unsuitable to those with a faint heart. I wouldn't advise reading the comments section of this article if you have a faint heart. Part of the hike is along a narrow path very close to a sheer cliff, so it's certainly not for anyone with a faint heart!
2. To have a very timid disposition; to lack the ambition or will to achieve success despite adversity. You can't have a faint heart if you want to work in this industry, I'll tell you that right now.
See also: faint, heart

a faint heart

timidity or lack of willpower preventing you from achieving your objective.
Faint heart never won fair lady is a proverb which dates in this wording from the early 17th century; the idea, however, was around at least two centuries earlier.
See also: faint, heart
References in classic literature ?
The door, as well as I could see it in the dim light, was a great piece of wood all studded with nails; and I lifted my hand with a faint heart under my jacket, and knocked once.
Seeing this, Don Quixote braced his buckler on his arm, and with his hand on his sword exclaimed, "O Lady of Beauty, strength and support of my faint heart, it is time for thee to turn the eyes of thy greatness on this thy captive knight on the brink of so mighty an adventure." By this he felt himself so inspired that he would not have flinched if all the carriers in the world had assailed him.
Louisa's sad face brightened; Louisa's faint heart beat quick.
To him fine raiment was allied to weakness, and all good coats covered faint hearts. He and his order were kings, to a certain extent, over the men of untarnished clothes, because these latter dreaded, perhaps, to be either killed or laughed at.
No-one wants to be labelled as a 'faint heart' but few human beings are likely to be untouched by such scenes of heartrending and indiscriminate carnage.
"Everyone who knows the type of person I am will realise I don't have a faint heart. I am extremely committed to bringing a bright future to Aberdeen.
"In a Lifetime" is a shimmering, poignant story of love and loyalty by Kristin Schwengel, while Rosemary Edghill and India Edghill give a noir twist to "Killer in the Reign." Esther Friesner is clearly channeling Monty Python in "Days of Old" and Nina Kiriki Hoffman offers a curious cast of heroes in "Faint Heart, Foul Lady." A few of the stories don't read as smoothly as others, but overall, this cohesive collection in a popular series of anthologies is well suited to larger high school and public libraries.
Prison reform is not a job for the faint heart. The Prison Officers' Association is as hard and unpleasant an organisation as you would expect from a lifetime spent behind bars.
Still, faint heart never won fair lady as they say.
IT'S the first day of the new season and that's no time for faint hearts because faint heart never won fair maiden, nor even a Newmarket one.
FAINT HEART carries the hopes of the late Robert Sangster's family in today's Cheshire Oaks, run this year in memory of the revolutionary owner-breeder, who died just over a year ago, writes Seb Vance.
FAINT HEART would be an apt winner of next month's Cheshire Oaks, this year being run for the Sangster Cup.
David Wachman, trainer of Faint Heart and Showbiz ``Faint Heart won her maiden on soft ground and was also Group 3-placed last year.
P revious winners Faint Heart and Kitty O'Shea add a competitive edge to the race, while dual winner Sissy Slew, who on figures must improve considerably, wears blinkers for the first time.
Faint Heart, the David Wachman-trained Irish raider, finished two lengths back in third.