(one's) heart bleeds for (someone)

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(one's) heart bleeds for (someone)

One feels sorrow or sadness for someone who is experiencing hardships. The phrase can also be said sarcastically to mean the opposite. My heart just bleeds for Nathan—his mom died unexpectedly last week. Yeah, yeah, my heart bleeds for you that you didn't get a full eight hours sleep. Meanwhile, I was up at 3 AM with a screaming toddler.
See also: bleed, heart

your heart bleeds for someone

If you say that your heart bleeds for someone, you mean that you feel a lot of sympathy for them because they are suffering. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. You looked so sad at the funeral and my heart bled for you. Note: This expression is often used ironically to show that you think someone does not deserve any sympathy, because you do not believe that they are genuinely suffering. She's had to sell one of her three houses? My heart bleeds for her! I must say, my heart bleeds for the poor investors who made a mere 15 per cent on their investment in one day. Compare with a bleeding heart.
See also: bleed, heart, someone

your heart ˈbleeds for somebody

(ironic) used to say that you do not feel sympathy or pity for somebody: ‘I have to get up at 6 o’clock tomorrow!’ ‘Oh, my heart bleeds for you — I have to do that every single day!’ ▶ ˌbleeding ˈheart noun (disapproving) a person who is too kind and sympathetic towards people that other people think do not deserve kindness: a bleeding-heart liberal
See also: bleed, heart, somebody
References in classic literature ?
She says, "When I think of your life sacrificed to that wretched woman, my heart bleeds for you.
My heart bleeds for the families of the victims and, as a father, they have my word that I will look after them,' he said.
I understand the anger and the anguish that surround us and I empathize, my heart bleeds for the lost lives.
I understand the anger and the anguish that surround us and I empathise, my heart bleeds for the lost lives.
My heart bleeds for these people but please, please be real.
My heart bleeds for the poor footballers who have to work on Christmas Day.
MY heart bleeds for poor old Tom Gutteridge (The Journal, January 14) and those poor souls at the BBC.
Chelsea are in a real mess and my heart bleeds for them
I realise that some of those who lost their jobs may have been lucky enough to find other work but many will not and will be finding things very tough; my heart bleeds for them.
MY heart bleeds for outgoing Ceann Comhairle John O'Donoghue.
As a resident of Stratford Road in Sparkhill my heart bleeds for the poor shopkeepers who fear their trade will dry up once red lines are painted outside their shops.
MY heart bleeds for Raith Rovers fans again this week, having a loaded gun put to their heads by chairman Colin McGowan who said if punters don't stop giving him stick they'll see architects and engineers measuring up Stark's Park for flats and houses.
My heart bleeds for our poor pensioners and families who will suffer most.
My heart bleeds for the residents who remain and for those forced out by these unwelcome intrusions.
MY heart bleeds for the poor Cardiff city councillors who are so frustrated at having to stay at meetings until 10pm (Echo, October 22) and to add insult to injury the reason for their chagrin is that independent councillors dared to ask too many questions.