[Phrases] Does ‘Eat One’s Heart Out’ Really Mean To Eat Heart?

Hello everyone! Before we learn some new phrases, let’s review the phrases of the last episode.


We all know the heart is very important. If it stops functioning, your body begins systematically shutting down. There are many idioms about ‘heart’ that native speakers use. Today, let’s learn some useful expressions to make you sound like a native speaker!

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1. Cross one’s heart and hope to die

to show that what you have just said or promised is completely true or sincere

  • I did not cheat on you! I cross my heart and hope to die.
  • Do you cross your heart and hope to die? I won’t believe you otherwise.

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2. Eat one’s heart out

to suffer from excessive longing for someone or something unattainable, to be jealous or envious of someone else

  • I could have stayed in London eating my heart out for you.
  • When he hears about your promotion he’ll eat his heart out.

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3. From the bottom of my heart

used for emphasizing that you are very sincere about something

  • I’m sorry, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart.
  • I have told the truth from the bottom of my heart.

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4. Get at the heart of the matter

to discover, determine, and understand the most important aspect of some issue, problem

  • She didn’t waste any time and got right to the heart of the matter.
  • Her latest novel really gets to the heart of what it means to be human.

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5. Have a heart of stone

to be unkind or cruel

  • Sally has a heart of stone. She never even smiles.
  • The villain in the play had a heart of stone. He was cruel to everyone.

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Practice:

Try to make a sentence with the phrases above.

Share with us if you know other phrases about ‘heart’. Looking forward to your comments! See you next time!

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