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heart Idioms & Phrases


ace of hearts

  • noun the ace in the heart suit
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After one's own heart

  • conforming with one's inmost approval and desire; as, a friend after my own heart.
    The Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart. 1 Sam. xiii. 14.
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artichoke heart

  • noun the tender fleshy center of the immature artichoke flower
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artificial heart

  • noun a pump that replaces the natural heart
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At heart

  • adverb in reality
    in spite of appearance; inside; deep down; at bottom.
    • she is very kind at heart
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  • in the inmost character or disposition; at bottom; really; as, he is at heart a good man.
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athlete's heart

  • noun enlarged heart commonly found among athletes trained for endurance
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atrium of the heart

  • noun the upper chamber of each half of the heart
    atrium cordis.
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biauriculate heart

  • noun a heart (as of mammals and birds and reptiles) having two auricles
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bleeding heart

  • noun garden plant having deep-pink drooping heart-shaped flowers
    lyre-flower; Dicentra spectabilis; lyreflower.
  • noun someone who is excessively sympathetic toward those who claim to be exploited or underprivileged
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break someone's heart

  • verb cause deep emotional pain and grief to somebody
    • The young man broke the girl's heart when he told her was going to marry her best friend
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broken heart

  • noun devastating sorrow and despair
    • he is recovering from a broken heart
    • a broken heart languishes here
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bullock heart

  • noun small tropical American tree bearing a bristly heart-shaped acid tropical fruit
    bullock's heart; Annona reticulata; bullock heart.
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bullock's heart

  • noun small tropical American tree bearing a bristly heart-shaped acid tropical fruit
    bullock's heart; Annona reticulata; bullock heart.
  • noun large heart-shaped tropical fruit with soft acid pulp
    Jamaica apple.
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bullock's heart tree

  • noun small tropical American tree bearing a bristly heart-shaped acid tropical fruit
    bullock's heart; Annona reticulata; bullock heart.
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By heart

  • adverb by committing to memory
    by memory.
    • she knew the poem by heart
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  • in the closest or most thorough manner; as, to know or learn by heart. "Composing songs, for fools to get by heart" (that is, to commit to memory, or to learn thoroughly). Pope.
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closed-heart surgery

  • noun heart surgery in which a small incision is made (the chest cavity is not opened)
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congenital heart defect

  • noun a birth defect involving the heart
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congestive heart failure

  • noun inability to pump enough blood to avoid congestion in the tissues
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coronary heart disease

  • noun a heart disease due to an abnormality of the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart
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enlarged heart

  • noun an abnormal enlargement of the heart
    cardiomegaly; megacardia; megalocardia.
    • mild cardiomegaly is common in athletes
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false-heart

False"-heart` adjective
Definitions
  1. False-hearted. Shak.
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Fatty heart, Fatty liver

  • etc. (Med.), a heart, liver, etc., which have been the subjects of fatty degeneration or infiltration.
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Floating heart

  • (Bot.), a small aquatic plant (Limnanthemum lacunosum) whose heart-shaped leaves float on the water of American ponds.
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For my heart

  • for my life; if my life were at stake. Obs. "I could not get him for my heart to do it." Shak.
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from the heart

  • adverb very sincerely
    • he spoke from the heart
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Green heart

  • (Bot.), the wood of a lauraceous tree found in the West Indies and in South America, used for shipbuilding or turnery. The green heart of Jamaica and Guiana is the Nectandra Rodioei, that of Martinique is the Colubrina ferruginosa.
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Heart and hand

  • with enthusiastic coöperation.
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Heart and soul

  • noun the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
    kernel; substance; center; centre; nitty-gritty; essence; sum; meat; heart; pith; nub; core; inwardness; marrow; gist.
    • the gist of the prosecutor's argument
    • the heart and soul of the Republican Party
    • the nub of the story
  • adverb with complete faith
    body and soul.
    • she was with him heart and soul
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  • with the utmost earnestness.
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heart attack

  • noun a sudden severe instance of abnormal heart function
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heart block

  • noun recurrent sudden attacks of unconsciousness caused by impaired conduction of the impulse that regulates the heartbeat
    atrioventricular block; Stokes-Adams syndrome; Adams-Stokes syndrome.
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Heart bond

  • (Masonry), a bond in which no header stone stretches across the wall, but two headers meet in the middle, and their joint is covered by another stone laid header fashion. Knight.
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heart cherry

  • noun any of several cultivated sweet cherries having sweet juicy heart-shaped fruits
    oxheart; oxheart cherry.
  • noun large heart-shaped sweet cherry with soft flesh
    oxheart; oxheart cherry.
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heart disease

  • noun a disease of the heart
    cardiopathy.
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heart failure

  • noun inability of the heart to pump enough blood to sustain normal bodily functions
    coronary failure.
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Heart hardness

  • hardness of heart; callousness of feeling; moral insensibility. Shak.
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Heart heaviness

  • depression of spirits. Shak.
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heart line

  • noun a crease on the palm; palmists say it indicates your emotional nature
    heart line; love line; mensal line.
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heart massage

  • noun an emergency procedure that employs rhythmic compression of the heart (either through the chest wall or, during surgery, directly to the heart) in an attempt to maintain circulation during cardiac arrest
    cardiac massage.
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heart monitor

  • noun a piece of electronic equipment for continual observation of the function of the heart
    cardiac monitor.
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heart murmur

  • noun an abnormal sound of the heart; sometimes a sign of abnormal function of the heart valves
    cardiac murmur; murmur.
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heart muscle

  • noun the muscle tissue of the heart; adapted to continued rhythmic contraction
    cardiac muscle.
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heart of dixie

  • noun a state in the southeastern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
    Camellia State; Alabama; AL.
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heart pea

  • noun woody perennial climbing plant with large ornamental seed pods that resemble balloons; tropical India and Africa and America
    balloon vine; Cardiospermum halicacabum.
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Heart point

  • (Her.), the fess point. See Escutcheon.
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heart rate

  • noun the rate at which the heart beats; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health
    pulse rate; pulse.
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heart rhythm

  • noun the rhythm of a beating heart
    cardiac rhythm.
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Heart rising

  • a rising of the heart, as in opposition.
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Heart shell

  • (Zoöl.), any marine, bivalve shell of the genus Cardium and allied genera, having a heart-shaped shell; esp., the European Isocardia cor; called also heart cockle.
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Heart sickness

  • extreme depression of spirits.
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heart specialist

  • noun a specialist in cardiology; a specialist in the structure and function and disorders of the heart
    heart specialist; cardiologist.
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heart surgeon

  • noun a specialist in cardiology; a specialist in the structure and function and disorders of the heart
    heart specialist; cardiologist.
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heart surgery

  • noun any surgical procedure involving the heart
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Heart urchin

  • noun sea urchin having a heart-shaped body in a rigid spiny shell
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  • (Zoöl.), any heartshaped, spatangoid sea urchin. See Spatangoid.
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heart valve

  • noun a valve to control one-way flow of blood
    cardiac valve.
  • noun an implant that replaces a natural cardiac valve
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heart ventricle

  • noun a chamber of the heart that receives blood from an atrium and pumps it to the arteries
    ventricle.
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Heart wheel

  • a form of cam, shaped like a heart. See Cam.
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heart's-ease

Heart's"-ease` noun
Definitions
  1. Ease of heart; peace or tranquillity of mind or feeling. Shak.
  2. (Bot.) A species of violet (Viola tricolor); -- called also pansy.
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heart-eating

Heart"-eat`ing adjective
Definitions
  1. Preying on the heart.
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heart-healthy

  • adjective satellite of foods that are low in fats and sodium and other ingredients that may foster heart disease
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heart-leaf

  • noun wild ginger having persistent heart-shaped pungent leaves; West Virginia to Alabama
    Asarum shuttleworthii; heartleaf.
  • noun evergreen low-growing perennial having mottled green and silvery-grey heart-shaped pungent leaves; Virginia to South Carolina
    Asarum virginicum; heartleaf.
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heart-leaved aster

  • noun perennial wood aster of eastern North America
    Aster cordifolius.
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heart-lung machine

  • noun a pump to maintain circulation during heart surgery; diverts blood from the heart and oxygenates it and then pumps it through the body
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heart-robbing

Heart"-rob`bing adjective
Definitions
  1. Depriving of thought; ecstatic. "Heart-robbing gladness." Spenser.
  2. Stealing the heart or affections; winning.
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heart-shaped

  • adjective satellite (of a leaf) shaped like a heart
    cordate; cordiform.
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heart-spoon

Heart"-spoon` noun
Definitions
  1. A part of the breastbone. Obs.
    He feeleth through the herte-spon the pricke. Chaucer.
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heart-to-heart

  • noun an intimate talk in private
    • he took me aside for a little heart-to-heart
  • adjective satellite openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
    candid; open.
    • his candid eyes
    • an open and trusting nature
    • a heart-to-heart talk
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heart-whole

  • adjective satellite with unconditional and enthusiastic devotion
    whole-souled; wholehearted.
    • heart-whole friendship
    • gave wholehearted support to her candidacy
    • wholehearted commitment
    • demonstrated his whole-souled allegiance
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Heart"-whole` adjective
Etymology
See Whole.
Definitions
  1. Having the heart or affections free; not in love. Shak.
  2. With unbroken courage; undismayed.
  3. Of a single and sincere heart.
    If he keeps heart-whole towards his Master. Bunyan.
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heart-wounded

Heart"-wound`ed adjective
Definitions
  1. Wounded to the heart with love or grief. Pope.
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In good heart

  • in good courage; in good hope.
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jarvik artificial heart

  • noun a kind of artificial heart that has been used with some success
    Jarvik artificial heart.
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jarvik heart

  • noun a kind of artificial heart that has been used with some success
    Jarvik artificial heart.
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left atrium of the heart

  • noun the left upper chamber of the heart that receives blood from the pulmonary veins
    atrium sinistrum; left atrium.
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Light of heart

  • gay, cheerful.
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line of heart

  • noun a crease on the palm; palmists say it indicates your emotional nature
    heart line; love line; mensal line.
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lion-heart

Li"on-heart` noun
Definitions
  1. A very brave person.
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Lymph heart

  • . See Note under Heart, n., 1.
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New heart

  • (Theol.), a heart or character changed by the power of God, so as to be governed by new and holy motives.
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open-heart surgery

  • noun heart surgery in which the rib cage is spread open, the heart is stopped and blood is detoured through a heart-lung machine while a heart valve or coronary artery is surgically repaired
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order of the purple heart

  • noun a United States military decoration awarded to any member of the armed forces who is wounded in action
    Order of the Purple Heart.
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Out of heart

  • discouraged.
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Poor heart

  • an exclamation of pity.
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pseudo-heart

Pseu"do-heart` noun
Etymology
Pseudo- + heart.
Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) Any contractile vessel of invertebrates which is not of the nature of a real heart, especially one of those pertaining to the excretory system.
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purple heart

  • noun a United States military decoration awarded to any member of the armed forces who is wounded in action
    Order of the Purple Heart.
  • noun a long-acting barbiturate used as a sedative
    phenobarbitone; sodium thiopental; phenobarbital; Luminal.
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rheumatic heart disease

  • noun heart disease caused by recurrent episodes of rheumatic fever; characterized by changes in the myocardium or scarring of the heart valves that reduce the power of the heart to pump blood
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right atrium of the heart

  • noun the right upper chamber of the heart that receives blood from the venae cavae and coronary sinus
    atrium dextrum; right atrium.
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take heart

  • verb gain courage
    buck up.
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take to heart

  • verb get down to; pay attention to; take seriously
    attend to.
    • Attend to your duties, please
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To break the heart

  • to crush or overwhelm (one) with grief.
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To break the heart of

  • . (a) To bring to despair or hopeless grief; to cause to be utterly cast down by sorrow. (b) To bring almost to completion; to finish very nearly; said of anything undertaken; as, he has broken the heart of the task.
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To commune with one's selfone's heart

  • to think; to reflect; to meditate.
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To enlarge the heart

  • to make free, liberal, and charitable.
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To find in the heart

  • to be willing or disposed. "I could find in my heart to ask your pardon." Sir P. Sidney.
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To get by heart

  • to commit to memory.
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To have at heart

  • to desire (anything) earnestly.
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To have in the heart

  • to purpose; to design or intend to do.
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To have the heart in the mouth

  • to be much frightened.
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To lay to heart

  • to feel deeply; to consider earnestly.
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To learn by heart

  • . See By heart, under Heart.
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To lie at the heart

  • to be an object of affection, desire, or anxiety. Sir W. Temple.
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To lose heart

  • to become discouraged.
  • to lose courage; to become timid. "The mutineers lost heart." Macaulay.
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To lose one's heart

  • to fall in love.
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To make the heart bleed

  • to cause extreme pain, as from sympathy or pity.
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To set the heart at rest

  • to put one's self at ease.
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To set the heart upon

  • to fix the desires on; to long for earnestly; to be very fond of.
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To take heart

  • to gain confidence or courage; to be encouraged.
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To take heart of grace

  • to take courage.
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To take to heart

  • to grieve over.
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To wear one's heart upon one's sleeve

  • to expose one's feelings or intentions; to be frank or impulsive.
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valvular heart disease

  • noun heart disease caused by stenosis of the cardiac valves and obstructed blood flow or caused by degeneration and blood regurgitation
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white-heart

White"-heart` noun
Definitions
  1. (Bot.) A somewhat heart-shaped cherry with a whitish skin.
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white-heart hickory

  • noun smooth-barked North American hickory with 7 to 9 leaflets bearing a hard-shelled edible nut
    black hickory; Carya tomentosa; big-bud hickory; mockernut; mockernut hickory.
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With all one's whole heart

  • very earnestly; fully; completely; devotedly.
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