my heart bleeds for you


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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

my heart bleeds for you

I don't feel at all sorry for you, I don't sympathize, as in You only got a five percent raise? My heart bleeds for you. Originating in the late 1300s, this hyperbolic expression of sympathy has been used ironically since the mid-1700s.
See also: bleed, heart

my heart bleeds for you

I sympathize very deeply with you.
This image was used by Chaucer and Shakespeare to express sincere anguish. Nowadays, the phrase most often indicates the speaker's belief that the person referred to does not deserve the sympathy they are seeking.
See also: bleed, heart

my heart bleeds for you

I don’t feel sorry for you at all. Originally this term surely expressed heartfelt sympathy, but it was presumably beginning to be used ironically by Samuel Johnson in 1763, when James Boswell (Life of Johnson) reports him to have said, “When a butcher tells you that his heart bleeds for his country he has, in fact, no uneasy feeling.”
See also: bleed, heart