heart skips a beat

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(one's) heart skips a beat

One feels a flutter in one's chest or stomach from fear, nervousness, or excitement. My heart skipped a beat when I saw that the doctor was calling with the results from the test. 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

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

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
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Of course, the other thing I like about Valentine's Day is that it gives me a great excuse to talk about my favourite subject, the heart, and in particular two phrases we hear a lot at this time of year: "my heart skipped a beat" and "my heart was racing".
The dreamboy in Salla Tykka's Lasso, 2000, swung his lariat and an awkward teenager's heart skipped a beat.
Most people have felt their heart beat very fast, experienced a fluttering in their chest, or noticed that their heart skipped a beat. Almost everyone has also felt dizzy, faint, or out of breath or had chest pains at one time or another.