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St. Valentine's Day: 5 Heart Idioms

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February 14 is St. Valentine's Day; a day when lovers express their love for each other by giving flowers, gifts, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").

In honour of St. Valentine's Day, here are 5 idioms which use the word heart. These are not examples of romantic idioms. The heart idioms cover a number of situations.

by heart

When you learn something by heart, you learn it exactly and from memory.

"She remembers all of her friend's telephone numbers by heart."

with half a heart

When you do something with not enough effort or enthusiasm, you do it with half a heart.

"Because he was feeling so tired he worked with half a heart for most of the day. "

have your heart in your mouth

When you feel very nervous about something, your heart is in your mouth.

"My heart was in my mouth as my teacher read out our exam results."

heart out

When you something your heart out, you do it very strongly/extremely.

"She cried her heart out when her boyfriend broke up with her."
"She sang her heart out at the karaoke bar last night."

a heart-to-heart

When you have a heart-to-heart, you talk to someone honestly and openly about your feelings.

"My relationship with James has been much better since we had our heart-to-heart last week."

Now use these idioms in your own example sentences.

Link: Culture Lesson: 'White Day' in Japan