in (one's) heart of hearts


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in (one's) heart of hearts

In the deepest, most intimate part of oneself. In my heart of hearts, I knew that I didn't really love Bill—and yet, I married him anyway. A: "I'm so sorry that your daughter's modeling job didn't work out." B: "Oh, that's OK. In her heart of hearts, she knew it was a long shot."
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in one's heart of hearts

According to one's truest, innermost feelings, especially when secret. For example, It's a wonderful job offer, but in my heart of hearts I don't want to leave this area. [Late 1500s]
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in your heart of hearts

COMMON If you know something in your heart of hearts, you know it is true, even though you are very reluctant to accept it. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. I suppose in my heart of hearts, I knew the relationship wasn't working. But in your heart of hearts, you must know that you're not going to save some of these children?
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in your heart of hearts

in your innermost feelings.
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in your ˌheart of ˈhearts

in your deepest feelings or thoughts: I know in my heart of hearts that you’re right, but I still find it difficult to accept.
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in (one's) heart of hearts

In the seat of one's truest feelings.
See also: heart, of
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in one's heart of hearts

In the innermost recesses of one’s mind or feelings. This expression was used by Shakespeare, “In my heart’s core, ay in my heart of heart” (Hamlet, 3.2), as well as by William Wordsworth (Intimations of Immortality, 1806) and Anthony Trollope (The Last Chronicle of Barset, 1867).
See also: heart, of
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