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
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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
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Now I could harden my heart. As soon as she put it on a flattering personal basis, generosity compelled me to deny her.
If these two together don't harden my heart against the coldness which has hitherto frozen it up (I mean the coldness of your treatment of me), there will be the end of my efforts--and the end of my life.
Tickets, costing $100 each, sold out by early January in anticipation of a great time, some good food, plenty of cocktails, music and dancing, an auction of donated items, and a highly anticipated show featuring brave local residents, including some community leaders, who donned appropriate costumes to perform one-hit wonders such as Wild Cherry and "Play That Funky Music," Quarter Flash and "Harden My Heart," and Right Said Fred and "I'm Too Sexy."
"I will never harden my heart , but I have toughened the muscles around it" - Dolly Parton (pictured).
It stands on the brink of becoming irrelevant to the majority of working people in the country" Labour MP Jon Cruddas "I will never harden my heart , but I have toughened the muscles around it" Singer Dolly Parton "I stopped doing my own decorating when I became an MP, and suddenly weekends and evenings were about work, not leisure" Former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe "Many directors have hired me instead of someone else because they have not been able to express themselves.
"I will never harden my heart, but I have toughened the muscles around it" - Singer and actress Dolly Parton.
I was to harden my heart, remember her as she was, then grieve and move on.
"The choirs open with a song of their choosing which is usually beautiful, but I have to harden my heart to it and think 'it's not affecting me at all.'.
The band's big single, "Harden My Heart," rose to No.
A concert with '80s numbers such as "Don't Stop Believin,' " "I Want to Know What Love Is," "More Than Words/Heaven/To Be With You," "Here I Go Again," "Harden My Heart," "Sister Christian," "Waiting For a Girl Like You" and many others.
As a fully fledged banker, I have a sacred duty to harden my heart and turf them out.
The judge added: "I must harden my heart and grasp the mettle.
Tickets, costing $100 each, sold out by early January in anticipation of a great time, some good food, plenty of cocktails, music and dancing, an auction of donated items, and a highly anticipated show featuring brave local residents, including some community leaders who donned appropriate costumes to perform one-hit wonders such as Wild Cherry and "Play That Funky Music," Quarter Flash and "Harden My Heart," and Right Said Fred and "I'm Too Sexy."
Remaining members of the '80s band Quarterflash (they're the ones behind the fiery 1981 hit "Harden My Heart") headline the main stage today.