heart misses a beat, one's

heart misses a beat

(One) experiences nervousness or excitement. I swear, my heart missed a beat the first time I saw my wife. My heart misses a beat every time I'm called into my boss's office.
See also: beat, heart, miss

heart skips a beat

(One) experiences nervousness or excitement. I swear, my heart skipped a beat the first time I saw my wife. My heart skips a beat every time I'm called into my boss's office.
See also: beat, heart, skip
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heart misses a beat, one's

Also, one's heart skips a beat or stands still . One is startled, frightened, or very excited. For example, Her heart missed a beat when she heard her name called out in the list of finalists, or When the bear appeared in front of us, my heart skipped a beat, or My heart stands still at the very thought of flying through a thunderstorm. All these hyperbolic expressions can also be used with make, meaning "to cause one to be startled" as in That blast from the ship's whistle made my heart skip a beat.
See also: heart, miss
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.
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