English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - H
|heart's content||If you do something
to your heart's content, you do it as
much and for as long as you want.
When my parents are away, I can watch television to my heart's content!
|heart in one's mouth||A person who has
their heart in their mouth feels
extremely anxious or nervous faced with a
dangerous or unpleasant situation.
Emma had her heart in her mouth when she saw her two-year-old son standing in front of the open window.
|heart in right place||A person who has
their heart in the right place has
kind feelings and good intentions, even if
the results are not too good.
The old lady's cake wasn't wonderful but she's got her heart in the right place!
|heart of the matter||The most important
part or aspect of a situation is called the
heart of the matter.
We need to get to the heart of the matter - what caused the accident?
|heart on sleeve||If you wear
your heart on your sleeve, you allow
others to see your emotions or feelings.
You could see she was hurt - she wears her heart on her sleeve.
|heart of stone||Someone who has a
heart of stone is a cold person who
shows others no understanding, sympathy or
She's not the person to go to if you've got problems - she's got a heart of stone!
|heart misses a beat||If your heart
misses (or skips) a beat, you
have sudden feeling of fear or excitement.
When the lights suddenly went out, my heart missed a beat.
|heart set on something||Someone who has
their heart set on something wants
it very much.
From an early age Tiger has his heart set on becoming a professional golfer.
|heart sinks||If your heart
sinks, you feel very unhappy and
My heart sank when I saw the amount of work waiting for me.
|heat is on||To say that the
heat is on means that you are under a
lot of pressure to get something done,
usually within a time limit.
The project must be ready for next Friday, so the heat is on.
|turn on/up heat||If you turn
on/up the heat on a person or
organisation, you put pressure on them in
order to obtain what you want.
If the goods are not delivered this week, we'll have to turn on the heat.
|heavens open||When the
heavens open, it suddenly starts to
As soon as the race started, the heavens opened and the runners were soaked.
|heavy hand||Dealing with or
treating people with a heavy hand
means acting with discipline and severity,
with little or no sensitivity.
He ran the juvenile delinquent centre with a heavy hand.
|hedge your bets||If you hedge
your bets, you choose two or more
courses of action in order to reduce the
risk of loss or error.
The company hedged its bets by developing a second line of products.
|heebie-jeebies||A state of
apprehension, nervousness or anxiety is
called the heebie-jeebies.
Having to go down to the car park at night gives me the heebie-jeebies.
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