hearts and minds

plural noun

: people's emotions and reasoning
We must appeal to and win (over) the hearts and minds of the people.

Examples of hearts and minds in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plus, makeover scenes always have the best soundtracks in movies, consecrating them into our impressionable little hearts and minds. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 9 July 2024 The prime minister should be putting his energy towards bringing my son home, not preparing for a political trip to win hearts and minds in Washington. Ruby Chen, New York Daily News, 4 July 2024 Our hero is almost always an outsider — someone who is knocked off a pedestal, beaten down, and kicked around, all the way to the bottom of the second act, before rising in triumph (e.g., Rocky) or existential martyrdom (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) to win our hearts and minds forever. Michael Cieply, Deadline, 16 June 2024 The last time UConn was here, during the middle of the five-wins-in-five-days miracle of 2011, has never ended in hearts and minds. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 13 June 2024 More than hearts and minds lost to brutality, internal rot and infighting — fed by the West’s profligate spending and inconsistent strategy — explain the republic’s collapse. Matthieu Aikins Victor J. Blue Peter Ganim Krish Seenivasan Steven Szczesniak, New York Times, 22 May 2024 Bilingualism is the fastest way for empathy to immigrate into hearts and minds. Richard Morgan, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 June 2023 For seven seasons, millions of viewers were willing to open their hearts and minds to the idea that an autistic man could be a good doctor. Sarah Kurchak, TIME, 23 May 2024 The New York Times Raziq was far from the only example: Again and again, the U.S. military felt compelled to partner with Afghan allies who were accused of human rights abuses, despite its doctrine of winning the war by winning hearts and minds. Matthieu Aikins Victor J. Blue Peter Ganim Krish Seenivasan Steven Szczesniak, New York Times, 22 May 2024

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“Hearts and minds.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearts%20and%20minds. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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