didn't have the heart

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of didn't have the heart

: not do something that might hurt another's feelings
  • I just didn't have the heart to tell her that I didn't like her singing.

Word by Word Definitions

didn't play
  1. : did not

heart play
  1. : a hollow muscular organ of vertebrate animals that by its rhythmic contraction acts as a force pump maintaining the circulation of the blood

  2. : a structure in an invertebrate animal functionally analogous to the vertebrate heart

  3. : breast, bosom

  1. : love:2

  2. : hearten

  3. : to fix in the heart


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