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: sincere, frank
a heart-to-heart talk


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: a heart-to-heart conversation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Kate Bosworth and Justin Long's Relationship Timeline Long — whom Barrymore dated on-and-off between 2007 and 2010 — previously appeared on the talk show for its season 3 premiere in September as the former couple held a heart-to-heart about their past relationship. Tommy Mcardle, Peoplemag, 10 May 2023 Perhaps Nick Lachey tripped on a cord, or maybe the camera operator fell asleep on the sofa while having a heart-to-heart conversation with Brett. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2023 Unfortunately, that probably won't go over well, and repairing the relationship through a heart-to-heart may be in order later on. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 12 Apr. 2023 Drew Barrymore is no stranger to heart-to-heart conversations on her talk show. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2023 But is this really the best place for a heart-to-heart? Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 3 Apr. 2023 As for your hesitation to have a heart-to-heart for fear of getting kicked off the trip: that is indeed a bit murkier, ethically. Sundog, Outside Online, 1 Mar. 2023
Exercising your brains should give you an opportunity to bond without the risk of a heart-to-heart that someone's not in the right mood for. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 26 Feb. 2023 But first, Jesse sits down with Zach for a pre-ceremony heart-to-heart. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 21 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1855, in the meaning defined above


1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heart-to-heart was in 1855

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“Heart-to-heart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heart-to-heart. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: frank, sincere
a heart-to-heart talk

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