wear your heart on your sleeve

wear your heart on your sleeve

If you wear your heart on your sleeve, your feelings are obvious to everyone around you. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. She's one of these people who wears her heart on her sleeve. She simply doesn't wear her heart on her sleeve so it's sometimes difficult to know what she's feeling. Note: You can also use heart-on-your-sleeve or heart-on-the-sleeve before nouns. You would have thought the heart-on-the-sleeve atmosphere would have suited his nature.
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wear your heart on your sleeve

make your feelings apparent.
In medieval times, it was the custom for a knight to wear the name of a lady on his sleeve during a tournament; the phrase was later popularized by Shakespeare in Othello: ‘For I will wear my heart upon my sleeve, For daws to peck at’.
1998 Spectator He…is not suffering from compassion fatigue, yet neither does he wear his heart on his sleeve.
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wear your ˌheart on your ˈsleeve

show other people your emotions, especially love: He wears his heart on his sleeve and often gets hurt.This phrase is from Shakespeare’s play Othello.
See also: heart, on, sleeve, wear

wear your heart on your sleeve

Reveal your emotions so that they are subject to the comments of others. A young man who has a crush on a young lady may tell everyone that he can't live without her, even though his words may be met by his friends' sneers and jeers. If so, he's wearing his heart on his sleeve, which is to say exposing it in a vulnerable place. The phrase comes from Othello, where devious Iago says, For when my outward action doth demonstrate The native act and figure of my heart In compliment extern, 'tis not long after But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve For daws [ravens] to peck at. I am not what I am.
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To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
Ms Logan is supporting wear your heart on your sleeve campaign by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).