(one's) heart isn't in it

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(one's) heart isn't in it

One is not emotionally invested in something. I used to love running, but my heart just isn't in it anymore—that's why I quit the track team this year. I can tell by the way you wrote this that your heart wasn't in it. Is something distracting you? There's no point in training for the Olympics if your heart isn't in it.
See also: heart
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heart in it, have one's

Also, put one's heart in it. Be emotionally involved in something, undertake something enthusiastically, as in Nancy puts her heart in her teaching. This expression may also be put negatively as one's heart is not in it, as in She decided to quit; her heart just wasn't in this kind of work. [Late 1700s] Also see have no heart for.
See also: have, heart

heart not in it

see under heart in it.
See also: heart, not
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your heart isn't in something

If your heart isn't in something you are doing, you are not enthusiastic about it. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. Playing was no longer fun. I lost my competitiveness and my heart wasn't in it. She was a successful teacher, popular with her pupils and her colleagues, but her heart wasn't in it.
See also: heart, something
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your/somebody’s ˈheart is not in it

somebody does not give all their enthusiasm, interest and energy to something: He agreed to write the book for a large sum of money, but his heart wasn’t in it, and it was never finished.
See also: heart, not
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