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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The last 24 hours have been the most grueling to deal with - facing my kids and telling them they played their hearts out, but we just came a little short.