heart of stone, to have a

have a heart of stone

To be very cold, mean, or callous by nature. The politician remained indifferent to the city's poverty crisis, causing many of his detractors to accuse him of having a heart of stone.
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heart of stone

A cold, mean nature. The politician remained indifferent to the city's poverty crisis, causing many of his detractors to accuse him of having a heart of stone.
See also: heart, of, stone
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heart of stone

A very cold and unfeeling nature, as in You'll get no sympathy from her; she has a heart of stone. This idea dates from ancient times and in English appeared in the Bible (Job 41:24). [Early 1600s]
See also: heart, of, stone
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heart of stone

a stern or cruel nature.
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heart of stone, to have a

To be an unfeeling, pitiless person. This term dates from the time of Homer: “Thy heart is even harder than stone” appears in his Odyssey (ca. 850 b.c.). Several centuries later it turns up in the Bible, in the Book of Job (41:24): “His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.”
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