play (one's) heart out

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play (one's) heart out

To exhibit maximum effort and enthusiasm while playing something, such as a sport, game, or instrument. Even though I played my heart out and scored two goals, we still lost the playoff game. You can tell the trumpet player is really feeling it—he's playing his heart out up there.
See also: heart, out, play
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In the basketball final, Buru Buru were down 11-13 in the first quarter, but outscored Kaya Tiwi 16-11 in the second quarter for a 27-24 half time score, in this game that saw the impressive Kiyobe Chantal and Maureen Nyanganyi play their hearts outs for the Nairobi Region champions.Kiyobe was particularly unstoppable from beyond the arc nailing four three- pointers that changed the course of the game, with Nyanganyi contributing another two three-point shots against the run of play.