harden (one's) heart

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harden (one's) heart

To stop or cause one to stop feeling kindness and compassion. I worry that all the trauma she's already been through at such a young age will harden her heart.
See also: harden, heart
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

harden one's heart

Feel no sympathy for, as in We can't afford to give them more; we'll just have to harden our hearts when they ask . [Late 1300s]
See also: harden, heart
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

harden your heart

If you harden your heart, you force yourself not to feel love or sympathy for someone or something. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. The weeping continued. Lionel hardened his heart against the sound. The government's violent response to the mass action will only harden the people's hearts against the ruling party. Note: You can also say that your heart hardens. Anna saw the hurt in her father's eyes and her heart hardened.
See also: harden, heart
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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I also know that there might be a way of going into apparently "no-go" areas without cameras or the mayoral chain or police and that that might help to heal the situation rather than to harden hearts.
What either side gained in the contest for world opinion remains to be seen, and this latest conflict is likely to harden hearts and minds on both sides.
His constant saber-rattling and invocation of international sanctions will only serve to harden hearts and create further mistrust.