(one's) heart leaps

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(one's) heart leaps

One feels a flutter in one's chest or stomach from happiness or excitement. I swear, my heart leaped the first time I saw my wife. My heart leaps every time I think of moving to Ireland next month.
See also: heart, leap
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your heart ˈleaps

used to say that you have a sudden feeling of happiness or excitement: Her heart leapt when she heard a knock on the door, thinking it might be him. OPPOSITE: your heart sinks
See also: heart, leap
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And though' Grandfather was old and gray-haired, yet his heart leaped with joy whenever little Alice came fluttering, like a butterfly, into the room.
Rebecca's heart leaped for joy, and to her confusion she felt the tears rising in her eyes.
The sight of the empty hole made his heart leap violently, but the belief that his gold was gone could not come at once--only terror, and the eager effort to put an end to the terror.
Then suddenly, for some reason or another, I raised my eyes--and felt my very heart leap within me!
As I set it down again, after having examined it, my heart leaped to see that beneath it there lay a sheet of paper with writing upon it.
For an instant my heart leaped for joy, as I thought that one of my comrades had made his way safely down.
The ship slackened her sails, and I came up with her between five and six in the evening, September 26th; but my heart leaped within me to see her English colours.
As he said "a week" Fix felt his heart leap for joy.
we're clear!" cried out an exulting voice that made Ferguson's heart leap to his throat.
His heart leaped as he saw himself running, running, faster than any of the other boys.
Mid-afternoon brought them to the clearing, and as Tarzan dropped to earth from the branches of the last tree his heart leaped and bounded against his ribs in anticipation of seeing Jane so soon again.
In an instant his heart leaped with joy, for this was one of the important things he had come for--one of the things that would restore dear Unc Nunkie to life.
Then an official letter arrives and the parent's heart leaps with joy.
when Florence-Mae informs me that they've officially run out of ube for the day - and my heart leaps with joy when she says, with a wink, that there's just enough left in the tin for one more cone.
But still, my heart leaps with joy the first moment I see asparagus for less than $3 a pound.