Top 10 Phrases from Shakespeare

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What it means:

to display feelings openly

How Shakespeare used it:

Discussing his planned betrayal of Othello, the villain Iago says, "But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve / For daws to peck at: I am not what I am." (Othello, Act 1, Scene 1)

In fact, Iago does not display his feelings for birds to peck at: his true feelings will never be revealed.

Modern example:

"I wear my heart on my sleeve and confessed my true feelings to a man who did not reciprocate. Now I am free to move on ..." —¬†Daydreamin on Twitter, Mar. 12, 2010

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