have (one's) heart in (one's) mouth

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have (one's) heart in (one's) mouth

To feel very nervous or anxious. I had my heart in my mouth as I waited for the ambulance to arrive.
See also: have, heart, mouth

have one's heart in one's mouth

Fig. to feel strongly emotional about someone or something. (See also one's heart is in one's mouth.) I had my heart in my mouth when I heard the national anthem.
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heart in one's mouth, have one's

Be extremely frightened or anxious, as in When the plane was about to take off, my heart was in my mouth. This usage alludes to the heart beating so violently that it appears to leap upward. [Mid-1500s]
See also: have, heart

have your heart in your mouth

be greatly alarmed or apprehensive.
See also: have, heart, mouth

have (one's) heart in (one's) mouth

To be extremely frightened or anxious.
See also: have, heart, mouth
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I remember my cousin got married, and all the relatives and friends said to me, "Oh, your sister's the--" and I looked at them and said, "Photographer." And they said, "Oh, yes, the photographer." I always had my heart in my mouth because of the people out there saying and doing insensitive or hateful things.