have a heart attack

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have a heart attack

1. To experience a sudden disruption in the heart's normal functioning, as due to an obstructed coronary artery. Dad's had a heart attack—get to the hospital as soon as you can! I'm worried that she's going to have a heart attack from the amount of stress she's been under at work lately.
2. By extension, to have a particularly frightening, jarring, or anxious experience. The sight of that car coming at me almost gave me a heart attack. Josh just about gave me a heart attack when he jumped out of the closet.
See also: attack, have, heart
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