not have the heart to


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not have the heart

To not have the emotional resolve (to do something); to be unable to do something, especially that which is or seems callous or unsympathetic. I didn't have the heart to tell her that I didn't love her anymore. How could you fire someone the day after their father died? I wouldn't have the heart.
See also: have, heart, not

not have the heart to

Be unable to bring oneself to say or do something, as in He didn't have the heart to tell her the cat had died. [Mid-1600s] Also see have a heart.
See also: have, heart, not

not have the ˈheart (to do something)

not be able or willing to do something which could hurt somebody else: I didn’t have the heart to take the money from him — it was all he had.
See also: have, heart, not
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