with a heavy heart

with a heavy heart

With much sadness; in a state of grief. It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved father. After these tragedies, our nation will forge on, but with a heavy heart.
See also: heart, heavy

with a heavy heart

Cliché sadly. With a heavy heart, she said good-bye. We left our summer cottage on the last day with a heavy heart.
See also: heart, heavy

heavy heart, with a

In a sad or miserable state, unhappily, as in He left her with a heavy heart, wondering if she would ever recover. The adjective heavy has been used in the sense of "weighed down wit grief or sadness" since about 1300. Its antonym light dates from the same period. The latter use survives only in light heart, meaning "freedom from the weight of sorrow"-that is, "a happy feeling." For example, She left for Europe with a light heart, knowing that the kids would be fine.
See also: heavy

with a ˌheavy/ˌsinking ˈheart

with a feeling of sadness or fear: It was with a heavy heart that he left the school for the last time. OPPOSITE: with a light heart
See also: heart, heavy, sink
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The club has taken this decision with a heavy heart given the fundamental role of Reja during the last five seasons, where Napoli were propelled from Serie C to Serie A and the Uefa Cup," a statement from Napoli said.
Ortiz, who had spent a week in his native Dominican Republic to be with family, returned to the club over the weekend in Seattle and obviously was pitching with a heavy heart in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Oakland A's in front of 34,861 at Edison Field.